Spring 2022 - BISC 300 D100

Evolution (3)

Class Number: 1772

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCC 9000, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 204.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

The phenomenon of organic evolution, and the major forces leading to changes in allele frequencies over time, i.e. natural selection and genetic drift. Topics include adaptation, speciation, the origin of life, and the major evolutionary trends over geological time. Students with credit for BISC 400 may not take this course for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

  1. Introduction to the mechanisms of evolutionary change - midterm 1

            Selection 1: Darwin and one or few genes

            Mutation & Migration

            Drift

            Intermezzo: Inferring and interpreting evolutionary trees

            Mutation, migration, drift and selection: SARS-CoV-2

           

  1. Selection & Adaptation - midterm 2

            Adaptations in the Reproductive arena

            Recombination as an Adaptation

            Selection 2: Fisher and many genes

            Life Histories as Adaptations

            Kin Selection 

 

  1. History - midterm 3

            The origin and early diversification of life

            Genome Evolution

            Speciation

            Evolution of Humans

            Postscript: Why is evolution so controversial?

Grading

  • . 6 quizzes (with two missed or tossed without penalty: 20%
  • . Three in-class Midterms: 50%
  • . Podcast and textbook assignment: 30%

NOTES:

No Final Exam

NOTES

The quizzes are meant for you to keep up with the course and to review your lecture notes.

The midterms are designed to help you digest the textbook, while the podcast is an exercise in science translation of that primary literature. (You don't really understand something until you have to explain it!)



MODE OF TEACHING

All synchronous (lectures, tutorials, midterms), no recording

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Evolutionary Analysis (Freeman and Herron), 2014, 5th Ed.


Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

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