Course level





Biological Sciences School




One Semester

Class contact

3L, 3PBL, 3P


BIOL2006 or BIOL2106 and (BIOL2202 or BIOL2902 or BIOL2201)

Assessment methods

Mini quizzes, research report, exam

Course coordinator

Dr Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2019 St Lucia Internal Course Profile

Please Note: Course profiles marked as not available may still be in development.

Course description

This course will be first offered in Semester 1, 2017.
In this course we will investigate how core features of genomes seen across the tree of life can be explained in the light of evolution and population genetics. Topics that will be covered include the causes of molecular genetic variation, the evolution of chromosome architecture, gene structure, selfish genetic elements, sex chromosomes, and evolvability. The first half of the course will consist of traditional lectures paired with group discussion sessions. During the second half the students will work in groups conducting various research projects using techniques from molecular population genetics and bioinformatics. Skills: population genetics thinking, critical reading of scientific articles, scientific discussions, conducting research projects in a team, bioinformatics, working with R, molecular population genetics techniques.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2020 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile