BGM2058 : Evolution
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Jackson
- Lecturer: Dr Ian Wilson, Professor T. Martin Embley, Dr Joanna Elson
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
1. To provide an insight into modern evolutionary theory to allow students to evaluate many of the mechanisms and concepts encountered in the other modules in relation to the biology of whole organisms and populations.
2. To explain the mosaic nature of eukaryotic genomes.
3. To provide information on the difficulties in preparing phylogenic trees.
4. To explain how molecular evolutionary theory is applied in forced evolution.
Outline Of Syllabus
In broad terms this module provides insight into genetic systems and the control of variation and speciation, and will cover the following topics:
modern evolutionary theory and its applications;
forced molecular evolution, to generate new enzymes for biotechnology;
generation of phylogenetic trees from sequence alignments.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||18||1:00||18:00||Student Prep for group presentation.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||3:00||9:00||Online practical. Students to answer set questions.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||2:00||2:00||Seminar for group presentation.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||1:00||1:00||1 hour seminar for essay plan analysis.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||3:00||3:00||Essay writing seminar, includes writing an essay plan to be analysised in the next seminar.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||145:00||145:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures will cover the knowledege outcomes of the module and will be reinforced by the seminar sessions. The ‘other’ teaching and learning methods - ‘presentation’ - will allow students to practise presentation skills on topic or paper. Other skills outcomes are developed through practical sessions which are computer based and will be assessed using a short online questionnaire/assessment.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||80||30% EMI, 30 minutes. 70% Wriiten Essay, 2 questions to be answered from a choice of 4, 90 minutes|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||8||Assessed Practical|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||6||Presentation|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||6||Paper critique - 500 word limit|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The assessment (EMI + written examination) is designed to test students understanding of the material delivered in the module. The presentation will test the student’s ability to present material to fellow classmates, and will be marked accordingly. The practical assessment will test the students ability to analyse sequence data to produce phylogenetic trees using a range of freely available software. The paper critique will assess the students ability to summarise the content of a scientific paper in language which is accessible to a lay audience and to convey the key points relevant to the larger body of research under discussion.