Genetics and Evolution
Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
16 May 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC C410 Genetics and Genomics,
BSC C411 Genetics and Genomics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C412 Genetics and Genomics (Including Year Abroad)
This module provides an introduction to the study of genetics and evolution. The structure and function of DNA and the expression of the information contained in the genome are explained. The transmission of this genetic information from one generation to the next by the process of cell division and the principles of Mendelian inheritance are then considered. This is followed by modern methods in gene cloning and the applications of this technology. The module then moves on to the Darwinian theory of descent with modification - evolution. We look at genetic variation and genes in populations and consider the role of natural selection in adaptive evolution. Mechanisms of speciation and adaptive radiation will be explored. This brings us up to date with recent studies of phylogenetics and the evolution of genes and genomes, together with the history of all organisms.
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the study of genetics and evolution.
To pass this module students will need to be able to:
1. describe how genes are organised, replicated and repaired, and how the information they contain is expressed;
2. explain the transmission and action of genes at the level of the organism;
3. describe the methods used in DNA technology;
4. explain the evidence for the proposed mechanisms of evolution and their relationship to modern genetics
5. explain the evidence for natural selection and the theories of speciation
6. explain the methods to reconstruct evolutionary relationships, and the main transitions in the history of life
7. demonstrate competence in data collection, interpretation and presentation
No additional information available.
24 x 1 hour lectures including 1 on directed learning material plus 1 revision class before MCQ and 1 revision class before summer exam; 4 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent
- Campbell, Neil A. (c2018) Biology: a global approach, New York: Pearson.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Julie Lloyd, Dr Matt Jones, TBC
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
Dr Clive Butler
The University of Exeter
Associate Professor of Microbial Biochemistry
Available via Moodle
Of 367 hours, 349 (95.1%) hours available to students:
18 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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