Life Sciences

Introduction to Evolution and Biodiversity

Module code: C1111
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Practical, Lecture, Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

It has been said that 'nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution' (Dobhansky, 1973). Understanding the principles of how the diversity of life has evolved is essential for any biologist. This module will introduce the basic theories and priciples in evolutionary biology including the mechanisms by which it works. The module will also introduce you to the diveristy of life and how it is classified using selected taxonomic groups of organisms as examples to teach the core principles.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic theories and principles in evolutionary biology.
  • Understand phylogenies and how taxa are classified
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the phylogenetics, evolution and basic ecology and basic biology of some selected taxonomic groups.
  • Use simple keys to identify selected taxa to Class, order and Family.