BIO9200 – Molecular Evolution
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
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 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 to the course
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:
- PhD candidates and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
- Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates.
- 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
Formal prerequisite knowledge
No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.
- 10 credits overlap with BIO4200 – Molecular Evolution.
Lectures and molecular lab/computer lessons is given intensive in weeks 46-50.
Compulsory submission of lab report and presentation of distributed articles with subsequent plenary discussions.
First lecture is mandatory. If you can not attend the first lecture, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, before the first lecture.
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.
Final written exam (3 hours) counts 100%.
Compulsory activities must be approved in order to attend the final 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: BIO4200 – 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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: