Honours course: Evolutionary Origin of Life and its Driving Forces

 
Vakcode:
A_HP001
Credits:
6.0
Voertaal:
Engels
Faculteit:
Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Coördinator:
dr. J.M. Kooter
Examinator:
dr. J.M. Kooter
Docenten:
dr. J.M. Kooter
Lesmethode(n):
Hoorcollege
Niveau:
400

Doel vak

1. To deepen the student's understanding of the various models of the
'origin of life' and the experimental approaches, early evolution of
life-forms, eukaryotization, speciation, and evolutionary mechanisms.
2. To promote discussion on all topics related to evolution and its
application to various aspects of behavior in modern man.

Inhoud vak

Course topics:
a. From matter to life and the first genetic material
b. The RNA world
c. Theories for the origin and early evolution of life
d. Mutual effects of life on geology and climate
e. From prokaryotes to the eukaryotic cell
f. Lateral gene transfer, evolution of organelles
g. Suprises in the tree of life
h. Human behaviour explained from an evolutionary perspective

Onderwijsvorm

In small meetings, the topics will be introduced by an expert and
further explored in a ‘round-table’ discussion. Students are expected to
study the handed-out papers and to actively participate.
Each student will write an essay, and give an oral presentation.

Toetsvorm

Written exam (50%), oral presentation (25%), Essay (25%)

Literatuur

Scientific articles

Vereiste voorkennis

Basic knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, and evolution at the BSc
level

Doelgroep

Students registered for the Honours program

Overige informatie

The course will be given every second year (forthcoming course in 2020),
January through April, in weekly evening classes, 17.00 – 20.00 h (16
sessions). The course is organized in thematic blocks, each block
consisting of a number of sessions dealing with a specific aspect and
involving introductory lectures, discussion about scientific articles
and guest lectures. Students are challenged to demonstrate their
insights into evolutionary mechanisms by giving a presentation on a
topic of their choice; this presentation is moderated by another
student.

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