Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4286 Advanced Topics in Evolution

(BL4286 online module handbook version 28)

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image: Detail from Diego Riviera\'s \'Man, Controller of the Universe\' (Pallacia de Bellas Artes, Mexico City)

In this module, we will consider outstanding questions in modern Evolutionary Biology to develop a detailed understanding of research issues in this field. Both molecular and whole organismal approaches will be addressed. Topics will be based on classic papers in the literature raising theoretical questions about the origin of species, adaptation, genetic drift and natural and sexual selection. Each classic paper will be combined with a recently published study addressing one of these theoretical topics. We will use tutorials and student-led seminars to address the topics in detail. The result will be an exciting opportunity to tackle classic topics in evolution and learn how the very latest research addresses these issues.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Prof Mike Ritchie
mgr@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463495
Pre-requisite Modules:
None*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
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

BL4286: Timetable

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lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
01-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L1: Introduction
2017-8_BL4286_L1

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
08-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L2: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L2

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
15-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L3: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L3

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
23-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
BLTD
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L4: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L4

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
01-03-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L5: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L5
Thursday
01-03-2018
14:00 to 15:00
Bute Building
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L6: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L6

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
15-03-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L7: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L7

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
05-04-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L8: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L8

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
12-04-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L9: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L9

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
19-04-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L10: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L10

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
26-04-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
DB2
Prof Mike Ritchie
Dr Nathan Bailey
Lecture L11: Lecture
2017-8_BL4286_L11
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)

BL4286: Reading List

Click for BL4286 reading list

BL4286: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

Assessment:
Class Test
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Single Upload
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1%
Assessment:
News&Views
Due by:
30/04/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
02/05/2018 23:59
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(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


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 Mike Ritchie mgr@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Mike Ritchie mgr@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Mike Ritchie mgr@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Mike Ritchie mgr@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

BL4286: Contributing Staff

Prof Mike Ritchie

Prof Mike Ritchie
(Module Organiser)

Professormgr@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Nathan BaileyDr Nathan BaileyReadernwb3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Mike RitchieProf Mike Ritchie
(Module Organiser)
Professormgr@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)

BL4286: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4286 successfully should be able to:

  • Understanding contemporary research in Evolutionary Biology
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)

BL4286: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - participating
    • Long group presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Long individual presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Handout (for presentation or poster)
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Peer assessment
    • Working in pairs/small groups
    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)