EVOLUTION WITH ELEMENTS OF POPULATION GENETICS

Course Information
TitleΕΞΕΛΙΞΗ ΚΑΙ ΣΤΟΙΧΕΙΑ ΓΕΝΕΤΙΚΗΣ ΠΛΗΘΥΣΜΩΝ / EVOLUTION WITH ELEMENTS OF POPULATION GENETICS
CodeGM.04.20
FacultySciences
SchoolBiology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorTheodore Abatzopoulos
CommonYes
StatusActive
Course ID40001153

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Viologías (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 166
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course426

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
600167946
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Cognitive: Training students on key issues of pre-cellular evolution, population genetics and evolutionary biology related to the different types of natural selection and the use of molecular markers and molecular techniques. Understanding the phylogenetic relationships and speciation. Affective: Awareness of evolutionary rationale within the frame of Neo-Darwinism. The self-evidence of species, the comprehension of life complexity and life value in all levels. Skills: Recognising the types of natural selection, application of molecular techniques in the study of population genetics and phylogenetic relationships. Familiarity with the mechanisms leading to speciation. Upgrading the ability of synthesis and broadening the conceptual thinking, both based on evolution and/or natural selection paradigms to to increase their tutorial abilities. Rationalise the meaning of natural selection and adopting it in everyday life interlinking natural sciences.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Theories on the origin of life. The role of mass extinctions in evolutionary process. Homogeneity and heterogeneity. Genetic continuity and change. Mutations and genetic variability. Differentiation. Adaptation and adaptiveness. Natural selection: normalizing, balancing and directional (examples from laboratory experiments and nature). Artificial selection. Frequency-dependent selection. Genetic drift and founder effect. Populations, races, subspecies, semispecies, superspecies and sibling or cryptic species. Individual and group discontinuity. Reproductive isolation (pre- and post-zygotic mechanisms). The evolutionary process in parthenogenetic organisms. Speciation and its patterns. Biological species concept. Evolutionary schemes. Evolution as a creative process: progressive, “retrogressive” or changing. Molecular techniques applied on population studies. Contemporary views on genotype and phenotype in relation to environment.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures391.6
Seminars60.2
Reading Assigment652.6
Tutorial70.3
Written assigments301.2
Exams30.1
Total1506
Student Assessment
Description
Written examination, participation in tutorial teaching. Optional presentation of contemporary topics.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1.Mayr E. (Ελληνική έκδοση) (2001). Τι Είναι η Εξέλιξη; Εκδόσεις Κάτοπτρο, Αθήνα. 2. Campbell, Reece et al. (Ελληνική Έκδοση) (2011). Μηχανισμοί της Εξέλιξης-Εξελικτική Ιστορία της Βιολογικής Ποικιλότητας (ΒΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ, τόμος ΙΙ), Παν/κες Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, Ηράκλειο. 3. Futuyma DJ, Kirkpatrick M. (Ελληνική Έκδοση) (2019). ΕΞΕΛΙΞΗ, Εκδόσεις Utopia, Αθήνα.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Futuyma D. (1991). Eξελικτική Βιολογία. Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης. 2. Dawkins R. (Ελληνική έκδοση) (2008). Ο τυφλός ωρολογοποιός. Εκδόσεις Κάτοπτρο, Αθήνα. 3. Shubin N. (Ελληνική έκδοση) (2009). Το ψάρι μέσα μας. Εκδόσεις Κάτοπτρο, Αθήνα. 4. Αλαχιώτης Σ.Ν. (2007). Εισαγωγή στην Εξέλιξη. Εκδόσεις Α.Α. Λιβάνη, Αθήνα.
Last Update
19-01-2021