BIOU7SX: The Evolution of Sex and its Consequences
CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Andre Gilburn
CONTRIBUTORS: Dr Luc Bussière
- 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.
- In depth knowledge of several currently important issues relating to the evolution of sex and sexual selection.
- Generic skills in the evaluation and synthesis of information, especially scientific literature
- Development of verbal and written communication skills
- 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
- 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.