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BIO3102 Molecular Evolution (Winter term)

Syllabus

Read before you register for the course:

  • Register only AFTER you have completed two years of studies at the university.
  • Variation in grade distribution is greater for this course than for most other biological courses. If you have low grades from other courses, you are likely to get even lower grade from this course. However, if you have high grades from other courses, you should expect to maintain your high grade.
  • Attend all classes. Those who did not do so typically performed poorly in exams. Don't believe those who claimed to get an A without attending classes. Such people may have never obtained an A in their entire life, and they do not wish you to do well.
  • Don't sit far back in the classroom.
  • Form study groups to challenge each other with questions.
  • Seek clarification from me if you find anything ambiguous in lectures or lecture slides.
  • Exams are cumulative, and deferred exams are definitely NOT easier than the regular exams.

Lecture schedule:

DateWeekTopicChp
2018-01-10WednesdayGene, gene structure, protein and genetic code1
2018-01-12FridayMutation1
2018-01-17WednesdayPopulation genetics and neutral theory2
2018-01-19FridayPopulation genetics and neutral theory 2
2018-01-24WednesdaySequence evolution and homology identification3
2018-01-26FridaySequence evolution and homology identification 3
2018-01-31WednesdaySubstitution model, distance, evolutionary rates4
2018-02-02FridaySubstitution model, distance, evolutionary rates4
2018-02-07WednesdayMid-Term Test #1
2018-02-09FridayMolecular Clock4
2018-02-14WednesdayMale-driven evolution5
2018-02-16FridayMolecular phylogenetics: Basic concepts5
2018-02-21WednesdayReading week
2018-02-23FridayReading week
2018-02-28WednesdayMolecular phylogenetics: Distance-based methods5
2018-03-02FridayMolecular phylogenetics: maximum parsimony5
2018-03-07WednesdayMolecular phylogenetics: maximum likelihood5
2018-03-09FridayMolecular phylogenetic applications5
2018-03-14WednesdayMid-Term Test #2 
2018-03-16FridayUniversal tree 5
2018-03-21WednesdayOrigin and evolution of Hawaiian Banza species  
2018-03-23FridayOrigin and evolution of new genes6
2018-03-28WednesdayOrigin and evolution of new genes6
2018-03-30FridayEaster 6
2018-04-04WednesdayEvolution by transposition 7
2018-04-06FridayGenome evolution8
2018-04-11WednesdayReview Session
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