EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

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EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
Teaching
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
Subject area
BIO/05
Reference degree course
COASTAL AND MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
Course type
Master's Degree
Credits
6.0
Teaching hours
Frontal Hours: 52.0
Academic year
2021/2022
Year taught
2021/2022
Course year
1
Language
ENGLISH
Curriculum
Curriculum E-Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sciences
Reference professor for teaching
MUSCO LUIGI
Location
Lecce

Teaching description

No requirements are foreseen to attend this course, apart from basic knowledge of general biology.

The theory of evolution is central in biology since it encompasses all its disciplines allowing to a holistic view of live and its heterogeneity. The course will start with an introduction to evolutionary theories before and after Darwin. It will include topics such as phylogenetics, and the fossil record, the history of life on Earth, biogeography, biodiversity and ecology, genetic and phenotypic variation, speciation, reproductive success, coevolution, gene and genome evolution, development, and macroevolution.

The students will pursue topics across a broad span of interconnected fields, including biogeography, ecosystem biology, community and population biology, organismal biology, molecular ecology, population genetics, genomics, speciation and macroevolution.

Theoretical lessons (32 h), integrated by round-table sessions (JOURNAL CLUB sessions) (16 h) on evolutionary biology and evolutionary ecology hot topics (6 ECTS in total, 48 hours).

The achievement of the credits attributed to teaching is obtained through a written test with five open-ended questions with different degrees of complexity, together with a qualitative assessment of the participation to the journal club sessions. This will evaluate the learning outcomes acquired by the student. The analysis of answers to the written test will be carried out by direct interview with the teacher. Upon motivated request of the student, the written test is completely replaced by a full oral exam. The final grade is expressed in thirtieths, with possible praise. For each given answer, the student will get up to 6 point, depending on the level of inclusivity and the supporting arguments provided by the answer. Any answer not given will equal to 0 points. To pass the exam it is necessary to obtain a minimum score of 18 points, equal to a grade of 18/30. If the exam is insufficient, or the final score is less than 18, the written test must be repeated. Following a double failure to pass the written test (due to insufficiency or non-acceptance of the grade obtained), the exam can only be taken by interview with the teacher. The attribution of the final score will be taken into account: of the level of theoretical and practical knowledge acquired (50%); the ability to apply the acquired knowledge (30%); autonomy of judgment (10%); of communication skills (10%).

D. J. Futuyuma. 2005. Evolution. Sinauer Associates

C. B. Cox & P. D. Moore. Biogeography. An ecological and evolutionary approach. Blackwell Science

Semester
Second Semester (dal 07/03/2022 al 10/06/2022)

Exam type
Compulsory

Type of assessment
Oral - Final grade

Course timetable
https://easyroom.unisalento.it/Orario

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