BIO4200 – Molecular Evolution
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
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.
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 to the course
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-candidates must register for BIO9200.
The courses BIO4200 and BIO9200 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. PhD candidates and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
2. Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates.
3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students
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
- 10 credits overlap with BIO9200 – Molecular Evolution.
Lectures and molecular lab/computer lessons. The course is given intensive in weeks 46-50. Mandatory course work will be evaluated as passed/failed.
Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture. This also applies to those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if notice is not given to the student administration firstname.lastname@example.org before the first lecture.
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
Approved mandatory course work is valid for 5 years.
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
Final written exam with letter grading. 3 hours (100%).
Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: BIO9200 - Molecular Evolution
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: