BENA2024 Population genetics (4 cr)
- lectures: 10 lectures (á 2 h); during lectures students will complete simulation tasks to support their learning
- homework: calculations and practice problems to support learning
- practical work: simple data analysis using Excel (4-8 h / per student) + self-evaluation
- journal club: preferably in pairs, students read a recent scientific article and reflect on their learning
- exam: 2-3 essay questions + 2-3 calculation/interpretation problems
After completing this course, the student should be able to…..
- understand the basic concepts of population genetics, including genetic variation, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and the effects and interactions of different evolutionary factors (inbreeding, selection, mutation, genetic drift and migration) on genetic variation in populations.
- understand the linkage between the above-mentioned factors and adaptation and speciation occurring in wild populations.
- apply the gained understanding for interpretation of recent scientific results.
- simulate the effects of different evolutionary factors on population allele frequencies using a simple computer program.
- apply their knowledge to solve problems linked with population genetics.
- perform a small-scale population genetics data analysis.
teaching is in English
Description of prerequisites
BENA2004 or a good background in genetics
slides and other open access texts available in the Moodle platform
Participation in teaching (4 cr)
Independent study (4 cr)
Exam, during the course exam dates, or during "rästitentti"