Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

26.9.2018 at 00:01 - 16.10.2018 at 23:59


Fri 26.10.2018
12:00 - 16:00


Primarily master’s students in EEB.

The aim of the course is that students

  • understand the basic concepts and mechanisms of evolution from the level of genes to species.
  • learn basic theory in evolutionary genetics, speciation and phylogenetics
  • learn to perform data analysis independently and apply the evolutionary framework to interpret the results
  • improve their skills in critically reading and reporting on current literature.
  • improve their skills in preparing and presenting a data analysis project

1. year, 1. period, weeks 39-43.

The course consists of independent lectures and three intensive weeks of course work. Lectures cover general evolutionary theory supporting the course literature (Futuyma: Evolution). The lectures and coursework will concentrate on how genes and genomes change during the course of evolution, how we can study them and what can we learn from these studies. During the intensive weeks, students do practical exercises, seminar work and data analysis concentrating on one topic each week: population genetics, quantitative genetics and molecular evolution.

Attendance is compulsory, i.e. passing the course requires attending both the separate lectures (~12 h, 1st week of the course) and the three intensive weeks of course work (weeks 2-4). The intensive weeks (30 h each week) include introductory lectures (~4 h) as well as practical exercises and seminar work (~10 h). During these weeks students also analyse data, read scientific papers, discuss and present their findings (16 h). Students are expected to familiarize themselves with and actively participate in discussion topics and complete and present the data analysis projects adequately.

The book exam will be arranged on Friday during the exam week following the last course week. The book exam can be redone during two following general examination days.

Douglas J. Futuyma, Mark Kirkpatrick 2017: Evolution, 4th edition

The final grade (1-5) is based on performance during the course work (1-5, 50%) and book exam (1-5, 50%). The book exam must be passed before the final grade is given.

University lecturer Perttu Seppä

Replaces the former course 52333 Syventävien opintojen kirjatentit: Evolutiikka, Futuyma.