Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 3
Target Students: Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
Prerequisites: There are no pre-requisite modules. Both the first year module Genetics, Ecology and Evolution (C11120) and the third year module Population Genetics (C43540) are desirable, but not essential.
Summary of Content: This lecture module describes the genetic effects of reduced population size, especially as they relate to the conservation of endangered species. Random genetic drift and inbreeding will be discussed in depth, both from theoretical and practical standpoints. The importance of heterozygosity and the consequences of a loss of genetic variability will be examined, and ways of alleviating these, using both experimental and theoretical approaches. This will lead into a review of the units of conservation from a genetic perspective.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||6 weeks||1 per week||4 hours|
Method of Assessment:
|Coursework 1||10||Assessed computer based session|
Dr A Davison
Education Aims: To present an advanced review of the role of genetics in the conservation of endangered species. Objectives: Students completing this module should have acquired an advanced knowledge of the effects of limited population size upon genetic structure; the theory of inbreeding and inbreeding depression in captive and wild populations; the use of genetic technology to investigate population structure; ways of managing endangered species to maximise their genetic variability; and modern views of specific concepts.
Learning Outcomes: Note taking; literature review; investigation and criticism of scientific literature.
Offering School: Biology
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