Evolution theory and biological classification
|Course code module||1BBIO-023|
|Study load (hours)||84|
|Instructor(s)||Raoul Van Damme|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
Basic knowledge of biology (high school level) is required: e.g. elements of cell biology, principles of Mendelian genetics, mechanism of inheritance.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The student understands the processes underlying biological evolution. He/she can defend his/her position in questions concerning the theory of evolution by natural selection. He/she can independently set up a research scheme to tackle specific questions on the evolution of biological characteristics. He/she knows the principles of and the problems associated with biological classification and nomenclature.
3. Course content
An introductory chapter reiterates the development of evolutionary thought. The second chapter concerns the fundamental principles of micro-evolution. It introduces a series of important concepts and then discusses old and current controversies concerning the theory of evolution by natural selection. The third chapter takes a quick look at macro-evolutionary events and the speed and tempo at which these occur. The final chapter covers biological nomenclature and classification, discussing different views and methods.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, with oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
7. Recommended reading - study material
Ridley M. 2003. Evolution. Blackwell Science.
Futuyma D.J. 2005. Evolution. Sinauer Associates.
Freeman S. & Herron J. 2003. Evolutionary analysis. Prentice Hall.
The teacher is available for further questions
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