Spring 2024 - BISC 300 D100
Class Number: 2610
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
1 778 782-3979
Prerequisites:BISC 202 with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: BISC 204.
The phenomenon of organic evolution, and the major processes leading to changes in allele frequencies over time, namely mutation, migration, genetic drift and natural selection. Topics include evolutionary genetics, adaptation, sexual selection, the origin of life, speciation, and the major evolutionary trends over geological time.
- Introduction to the mechanisms of evolutionary change
Mutation & Migration
Selection 1: population genetics for few loci
Intermezzo: Inferring and interpreting evolutionary trees
- Selection & Adaptation
Recombination as an Adaptation
Selection 2: population genetics with many loci
Adaptations in the Reproductive arena: sexual selection
Life Histories as Adaptations
The origin and early diversification of life
Evolution of Humans
Review: mutation, migration, drift and selection: SARS-CoV-2
Postscript: Why is evolution so controversial?
- Weekly reflections 10%
- 6 quizzes (with two missed or dropped without penalty) 20%
- Podcast and textbook assignment 30%
- Three in-class Midterms 40%
The weekly reflections and 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 and textbook assignments are exercises 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
Evolutionary Analysis (Freeman and Herron), 2014, 5th Ed.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html