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Genetics & Evolution - BIO00009C

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Ville Friman
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

Genetics and Evolution builds upon the content of Genetics. It starts with topics that extend the principles of simple Mendelian genetics before considering the dynamic nature of genes and genomes. This material will then lead into the evolutionary genetics section that includes topics related to natural selection, phylogeny, the origin of human diversity and an overview of the history of life on Earth. The module will include content based upon research on-going in the department that relate to topics covered.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module a successful student will be able to:

  • Describe and explain how interactions between genes can influence phenotype, and interpret examples of genetic inheritance
  • Describe and review how interactions between genes and the environment can influence phenotype, and interpret examples
  • Describe and explain the main processes that lead to evolutionary change, and employ simple population genetics and phylogenetic methods to illustrate them
  • Recall major events and processes that have shaped the diversity of living organisms and the evidence for them


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Genetics & Evolution
1.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Genetics & Evolution
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process and we return all first and second year work to you after marking for feedback purposes via Biology Student Services in week 9 or 10 of the spring and summer terms. You will be notified by e-mail when your work is ready for collection.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available, by week 6 of the spring term and week 8 of the summer term. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

A histogram of all module marks is produced and posted on the examinations notice board outside Biology Student Services.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

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