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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 speciesog evolusjonære prosesser i populasjoner og arter
  • Be able to use internet resources on bioinformatics for own research
  • Be able to document the ability to analyse molecular data statistically, know the principles and underlying assumptions of important models such as Tajima’s D and the HKA-test, and be able to interpret the results in an evolutionary framework
  • Know the principles for important molecular laboratory methods and be able to plan and execute laboratory experiments for own research

Admission

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIO4200 - Molecular Evolution

Teaching

Lectures and molecular lab/computer lessons is given intensive in weeks 46-50. Attendance to the first lecture is mandatory.

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. The students must also present a paper to the class and lead a discussion on the topic. Final written exam with pass/fail 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.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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

PhD

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)