BIOU7SX: The Evolution of Sex and its Consequences

CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Andre Gilburn

Course Objectives

  • Students will learn to acquire, interpret and present information relating to the evolution of sex and the sexes, and sexual selection including the benefits of mate choice and sexual conflict.
  • To develop a critical appreciation of key ecological and evolutionary concepts relevant to biologists through discussions, presentations and the scientific literature.

Learning Outcomes

  • In depth knowledge of several currently important issues relating to the evolution of sex and sexual selection.

Acquired Skills

  • Generic skills in the evaluation and synthesis of information, especially scientific literature
  • Development of verbal and written communication skills

Teaching Programme

  • The course content will be largely student-directed and covered by a session specific reading list and tutorial sessions
  • Students will be expected to demonstrate an inquiring mind and a broad interest in evolutionary biology
  • Students will be expected to carry out background reading and prepare short presentations
  • Students will be expected to research and complete a coursework essay

Course Assessment

  • 25% coursework, 15% performance and 60% exam.
  • Students will research and complete a 1000 word coursework essay.
  • The 2 hour exam will require that the students answer two essay questions.
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