Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

C11120 Genetics, Ecology and Evolution
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Compulsory for students registered for C100/C101 Biology; C300/C301 Zoology; C400/C401 Genetics; and C410/C420 Human Genetics but not restricted to them.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
  This Module has been identified as being particularly suitable for first year students, including those from other Schools.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Registered for a degree in a science related discipline.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module considers the genetics, evolution, and ecology of living organisms, particularly focussing on studies at the organismal level. Major topics include: Fundamentals of transmission genetics; Quantitative and Population Genetics; Molecular Evolution; Evolution of Behaviour; Ecology of Populations.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 2 hour multiple choice examination with 100 questions (each with a choice among four answers) 

Professor J Brookfield

Education Aims:  The module will train students in fundamental principles that guide our understanding of the living world. These include how genetic information is passed on between generations, how the Darwinian process of evolution by natural selection operates, and how populations and communities of organisms are regulated by their ecological interactions. Students taking the module will thus become well-versed in explanatory principles of relevance to the majority of the more advanced and specific modules that will come later in all courses in the biological sciences. In addition to the development of their biological knowledge and understanding, students taking the course will be trained in a quantitative approach to biological problems.

Learning Outcomes:  a Knowledge and understanding A1. the relationship between Biology and other disciplines A2. current trends and developments in Biology A4. appropriate terminology, nomenclature and classification A5. genetics and evolution of living organisms A7. organism structure and physiology A8. organism behaviour A9. interaction of organisms and their environment b Intellectual skills B2. think independently while giving due weight to the arguments of others B3. understand complex ideas and relate them to specific problems or questions B4. acquire substantial quantities of information systematically, process it effectively, and draw appropriate conclusions d Transferable (key) skills D3. organise and manage their working time, schedule tasks, and meet deadlines D4. use and access information and communication technology

Offering School:  Life Sciences

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