Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4275 Evolution in Action

(BL4275 online module handbook version 14)

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This module will focus on recent developments relating to evolutionary biology, placing particular emphasis on research related to medical or societal application or public policy. Examples of topics to be covered include: emergent diseases, biodiversity policy, conservation management, biological impacts of climate change, and public understanding of science.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Prof Thomas Meagher
trm3@st-andrews.ac.uk
office 3364, lab 3347
Pre-requisite Modules:
Permission of biology honours adviser required*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL4275: Timetable

Student-researched presentations.
Each of you will be expected to do a class presentation centred on an assigned reading that will be agreed between the student presenter and the module organiser.
This presentation can be closely aligned with the assigned reading or may explore the topic more broadly.
The presentations will conclude with a series of questions raised by the presenter, who will then lead a group discussion centred on those questions.
Assessment wil be based on visual aids (e.g. powerpoint) submitted via MMS immediately after, critical depth of the presentation and questions raised, ability to stimulate discussion, and participation in discussions led by others.

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
18-09-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Workshop W1: Exploring Evolution in Action - part 1
2018-9_BL4275_W1

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
04-10-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Workshop W2: Exploring Evolution in Action - part 2
2018-9_BL4275_W2

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
11-10-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Other O1: Student presentations
2018-9_BL4275_O1

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
18-10-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Other O2: Student presentations
2018-9_BL4275_O2

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
01-11-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Other O3: Student presentations
2018-9_BL4275_O3

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
08-11-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Other O4: Student presentations
2018-9_BL4275_O4

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
15-11-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Other O5: Student presentations
2018-9_BL4275_O5

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
20-11-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Other O6: Student presentations
2018-9_BL4275_O6

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
29-11-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
C26
Prof Thomas Meagher

Other O7: Student presentation
2018-9_BL4275_O7
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4275: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

Assessment:
Critique 1
Due by:
05/11/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
19/11/2018 23:59
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
40%
Assessment:
Critique 2
Due by:
30/11/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
14/12/2018 23:59
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
40%
Assessment:
Presentation
Due by:
30/11/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
14/12/2018 23:59
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
20%

(MMS assessment data cached: 14 November 2018 23:20:08.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Prof Thomas Meagher trm3@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Thomas Meagher trm3@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Thomas Meagher trm3@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Thomas Meagher trm3@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL4275: Contributing Staff

Prof Thomas Meagher

Prof Thomas Meagher
(Module Organiser)

Professortrm3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Thomas MeagherProf Thomas Meagher
(Module Organiser)
Professortrm3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4275: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4275 successfully should be able to:

  • Address selected topics in evolution that relate to societal impacts of evolutionary biology, including applied principles of evolution or anthropogenic impacts on ongoing evolutionary processes. In general, we
  • Substantively engage in analytical thinking in regard to published scientific work. It is one level of understanding to be able to articulate the biology that is presented in such work. We will also be engaging in critical analysis
  • Analytical critique might include awareness of the following questions.
  • What were the underlying questions?
  • Were they scientifically sound and substantive?
  • Are underlying assumptions and limitations clearly stated?
  • Were they addressed by the experiments or analyses done?
  • Would there have been a better way to conduct the study?
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4275: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - leading
    • Group discussion - participating
    • Long individual presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Paper critique
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding literature
    • Generating questions
    • Impact considerations
    • Critiquing experimental design
    • Designing experiments
    Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
    Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
    * University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
    School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
    University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

    Policies

    (Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)