BIOEB201-20A (HAM)

Principles of Evolution

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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Paper Description

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This paper examines the evolution and diversity of the tree of life by examining the history and philosophy of evolutionary thought, discussion of the mechanisms of evolution, present-day evidence of evolution in animals and plants; modern methods of analysing this evidence.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a mixture of lectures, wānanga/workshops (R1.10), traditional laboratory classes (R.10) and one computer lab (GB13). Please check A weekly schedule of activities. Times of lectures and laboratory classes are given below. Lectures will be recorded but some will have activities (flipped learning) and you are encouraged to attend all lectures. You must attend all lab sessions, or provide the necessary documentation to cover any absences.

Important note for international students: For international students living in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes, and submission of assessment events/items, and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development of evolutionary theory from an historical perspective.
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  • Describe fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory.
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  • Explain evolution within and among populations based on an understanding of microevolutionary processes.
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  • Interpret phylogenetic trees and an understanding of methods of classification.
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the tree of life, the history of life, the living groups of life and the diagnostic characters of these groups.
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  • Importantly:
    Students will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the outcomes of evolutionary processes as expressed and observed in extant biodiversity, interpret phylogenetic trees, and microevolutionary processes. Students will gain valuable experience in communicating science to a general audience.
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Assessment

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Details on the course assessment are provided on Moodle. Any changes in the dates indicated for assessment procedures will be made in consultation with the class, at least one week in advance. A lab manual will not be produced this year. Lab notes will be available on Moodle and must be printed out and brought to the laboratory.

Course work: final exam ratio is 60:40.

Your understanding of the lecture and lab materials, and hence learning objectives, will be assessed though FIVE ONLINE QUIZZES and in the FINAL EXAM. The two Projects are designed to support the learning objectives and provide opportunities to increase your skill base, both practical and soft-skills.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Project I - Science Communication
1 Apr 2020
6:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Project II - Population Genetics
8 Jun 2020
6:00 PM
15
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3. Five ONLINE quizzes @ 6% each
30
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4. Exam
40
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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  • Evolution (Fourth Edition), Douglas J. Futuyma and Mark Kirkpatrick; companion website at https://evolution4e.sinauer.com

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Recommended Readings

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  • Additional readings and supporting materials will be uploaded to Moodle.
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices and discussion topics, and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on Moodle.


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Workload

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Students are expected to attend 3 one hour lectures each week, and five three-hour labs (roughly fortnightly). An additional ca. 7 hours should be allocated for weekly study and preparation for the five online quizzes, the project, and examination preparation. The total hours expected for this course are ca.150 hours for this 15 point paper.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite for BIOL338
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: BIOEB101 or BIOEB102 or BIOL102

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL201

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