This course focuses on the processes of evolution and the patterns generated by these processes. Aim is to develop a scientific way of thinking about biological diversity. It will address key components of evolutionary biology from the perspective of molecular evolution, from the perspective of individual organisms evolving attributes to cope with stresses and from a macro-evolutionary perspective. Natural selection, sexual selection, kin selection and inclusive fitness are used to develop an understanding of the behavioral, morphological and physiological adaptations of individual organisms to their environments, as well as an understanding of the interactions and co-evolutionary processes that occur between organisms both intra- and inter-specific.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES (CLO)
CLO: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in evolutionary biology, the history of life on Earth, and phylogenetic relationships between organisms (Learning level: 2
CLO: 2. Explain (analyze) and interpret the methodologies for the reconstruction and interpretation of phylogenetic and biogeographic patterns and processes (learning level: 3)
CLO: 3. Evaluate the alternative theories that account for the diversity of life on earth (learning level: 4)