Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WBBY054-05
Vaknaam Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. Describe the forces that drive the evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.
2. State the nature and dynamics of genetic variation within prokaryotic and eukaryotic populations and species in relation to their environment
3. Describe how the complexity of the genome can accommodate (promote and constrain) the adaptation of different organisms (prokaryotes and eukaryotes)
4. Define evolutionary processes, such as selection at different organizational levels, genetic drift, and horizontal gene transfer
5. Assess how evolutionary processes affect genomic changes and can they be recognized at the genomic level
6. Asses how to use metagenomics to analyze complex prokaryotic communities
7. Design a project in which genomic tools are used to address ecological or evolutionary questions
Omschrijving The aim of the course is to present how the complexity of the genome of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, in relation to the complexity of the ecosystem, affects ecological and evolutionary processes at different levels. A central theme is how variation at the level of genotypes leads to variation in phenotypes, in interaction with environmental settings. Students will be familiar with population genetic processes such as mutation, genetic drift, horizontal gene transfer, migration and selection. They will learn how these processes become evident at the genetic level and can lead to evolutionary changes and constraints. They will be instructed to evaluate how selection can act at different organizational levels, such as genic and individual selection. They will acquire knowledge about metagenomics and genomic techniques and how these can be used to address ecological and evolutionary questions on prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(LC-24 hrs; S-8 hrs; T-6 hrs; ASM-40 hrs (poster); Self study-62 hrs)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(WE-60% (open book) exam; AST-40% (poster presentation))
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. S.J.J. Lequime
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. J. Falcao Salles ,dr. S.J.J. Lequime ,prof. dr. G.S. van Doorn ,prof. dr. B. Wertheim
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Handouts from lectures, available in Nestor
Entreevoorwaarden The course units assumes prior knowledge and skills from year 1 Biology.

Students from other degree programmes than Biology and/or Life Science & Technology who would like to participate in this course unit are obliged to contact one of the academic advisors of the BSc. Biology before enrolling in this course in order to check whether they have meet de entrance requirements. After this contact, students also have to request admission from the Board of Examiners Biology/Life Science & Technology. Failing to follow this entire procedure before the official enrollment deadline, results in immediate unenrollment without prior notification.

Students from the Bachelor's degree programmes Biology and Life Science & Technology take priority over students from other degree programmes when the course has a maximum capacity.
Opmerkingen Other lecturer(s): Thomas Hackl

Maximum capacity: 60 students

A written (open book) exam on the theory part (50% of grade, minimum grade 5.5) at the end of the second week. The other 40% of the grade will be based on the group presentations, given at the end of the course (minimum grade 5.5). The final 10% of the grade refers to participation during lectures, practical work and presentation.
Presentation needs to be performed before the grade can be given.

Mandatory presence:
During the presentations and tutorials the presence is mandatory. Grade will be adjusted (+/-0,5) according to participation during presentations.
During the lectures the presence is not mandatory,

The open book written exam is mandatory and a minimal grade should be 5.5. the possibility to resit exam will be planned in the schedule
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Biology: major Behaviour and Neurosciences 2 semester II b keuze
BSc Biology: major Ecology and Evolution 2 semester II b keuze