Life Sciences

Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology

Module code: C1024
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

You will work in groups on advanced research-led topics in evolutionary biology. Topics may include symbiosis, and sex and variation but will vary from year to year. They will be selected according to staff interests, recent developments in the field and the construction of a coherent package that covers a range of approaches in evolutionary biology, from molecular to ecological. Each topic will be introduced by a 'scene setting lecture' by a member of staff. You will then be given a set of references to relevant papers in the library. Groups will present their reports on the topics, via written material in Study Direct, seminars, reviews and news and view articles. Once you successfully complete the module you will understand recent theoretical and empirical developments in several areas of current research in evolutionary biology, critically read the primary literature in evolutionary biology, synthesise information from the primary literature and present your findings in written analyses and oral presentations.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic and conceptual understanding of recent theoretical and empirical developments in selected areas of current research in the field of evolutionary biology
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage their own learning in the field of evolutionary biology and to make use of the primary scientific literature
  • Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, concepts and data in the field of evolutionary biology
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively information, ideas and concepts in the field of evolutionary biology