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Course content

The course deals with the principles for evolution of DNA and gene products as well as the use of genetic data in evolutionary studies of organisms. It includes a theoretical introduction to important evolutionary processes in the eukaryotic genome and genome components. In addition the course has a practical component with teaching of molecular techniques, bioinfomatics and evolutionary bio-statistics.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course you should:

  • Know the different molecular processes that leads to changes in the genome and the evolutionary consequences the different processes have
  • Know the various population genetic processes such as genetic drift, non-random mating and different forms of selection and understand the connection between molecular processes in the geneome and evolutionary processes in populations and species
  • Gained experience with internet resources on bioinformatics and how these can be used in research
  • Gained experience with statistical analysis of molecular data and interpretations of the results
  • Know the principles of important molecular laboratoty methods and gained experience with relevant laboratory work.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

PhD-students must register for BIO9200.

The courses BIO4200 and BIO9200 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. PhD students and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
2. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students.
3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students
4. Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIO9200 - Molecular evolution

Teaching

Lectures and molecular lab/computer lessons. The course is given intensive in weeks 46-50. First lecture is compulsory.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Examination

Approved lab reports, passed/not passed. Final written exam with letter grading. 3 hours.

This subject offer new examination in the beginning of the
subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. For general information about new examination, see here

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)