Integrative Biology

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WBLS19039
Vaknaam Integrative Biology
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Integrative Biology
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. Analyse a biological trait as the result of both a proximate and an ultimate causation
2. Integrate information from different disciplines to address a biological problems
3. Describe that biological traits are the result of complex interaction between genotype and the environment
4. Analyse scientific publications and determine whether a functional, evolutionary or an integrated approach has been taken by the authors
5. Formulate a biological problem in terms of a functional, evolutionary or integrative approach
Omschrijving In the course Integrative Biology the integration of different organisational levels (molecule, cell, organism and community) and the coupling of function (proximate) and evolution (ultimate) in biological traits will be illustrated by presenting several casusses. These casusses will be taken from very different biological disciplines, i.e. botany, zoology, behaviour, developmental biology. The casusses will also illustrate the interaction between the genotype and the environment and the benefits of taking an interdisciplinary approach in tackling complex biological questions.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Werkcollege (T)
(Traditional lecture 18 hrs, interactive lecture 8 hrs, Individual assignments 8 hrs, Group assignments 12 hrs, Self study 16 hrs)
Toetsvorm Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(A final exam with essay type questions 80%, 3 reports of the group tutorial assignments 20%. The overall score should be above 5.5; all the reports have to have a grade higher than 5.5.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. J.T.M. Elzenga
Docent(en) prof. dr. J.T.M. Elzenga ,prof. dr. M.E. Maan
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Presentation slides
Opmerkingen Presence during the tutorials is mandatory.
For missing a tutorial an alternative assignment (literature review) will be given.
Missing more than one group assignment will result in a ‘fail’.

The course is mandatory for students in the major Integrative Biology and an optional course for other majors (it is anticipated that these will mainly be from the Ecology and Evolution major)

The skills of incorporating interdisciplinarity into problem solving is and essential skill for students that follow the major Integrative Biology, but for other majors as well
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Biology: major Behaviour and Neurosciences 2 semester II b keuzegroep
BSc Biology: major Ecology and Evolution 2 semester II b keuzegroep
BSc Biology: major Integrative Biology 2 semester II b verplicht
BSc LS&T: major Behaviour and Neurosciences (cohort 2018 and 2019) 2 semester II b keuzegroep