BIOS5213 – Phylogeny and Classification
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course presents a survey of research methodology in modern systematics with emphasis on phylogenetic analysis based on molecular data. Different approaches to phylogenetic analysis will be dealt with: distance methods, parsimony, network algorithms, maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference. The connection between phylogeny and classification as well as a short introduction to basal nomenclature will be included.
The students will obtain basal knowledge of phylogenetic theory as well as various analytic tools which will enable them to analyse different kinds of data and interpret the results in a larger context.
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PhD-students must register for BIOS9213.
The courses BIOS5213 and BIOS9213 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
- 10 credits overlap with BIOS9213 – Phylogeny and Classification
- 10 credits overlap with BIO9210 – Phylogeny and Classification (continued)
- 10 credits overlap with BIO4210 – Phylogeny and Classification (continued)
Teaching will take place over ten weeks from the beginning of the semester and will be organised in lectures and mandatory computer exercises. The students will have to hand in a written assignment based on the computer exercises, as well as read and present a research paper on a relevant subject.
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.
Final written digital exam (3 Hours) will count 70% on the final grade.
Written assignment based on the computer exercises will count 30% on the final grade.
Mandatory presentation of research paper must be approved before students can sit for the final exam.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
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
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
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: BIOS9213 – Phylogeny and Classification, BIO4210 – Phylogeny and Classification (continued) and BIO9210 – Phylogeny and Classification (continued)
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.