Population Biology and Evolution 222

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Population Biology and Evolution 222

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (LSC141 and LSC142) or (LFS151 and LFS152)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4 - 5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6 - 7.5
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes
    By the end of this module, students should be able to:
    · describe methods used to collect field data and use them to estimate
    population sizes of different organisms;
    · identify and appraise the factors and processes that affect population
    size and growth rate;
    · develop simple computer models of populations and use them to
    determine the most appropriate method to manage populations
    · select and calculate appropriate statistics for summarizing simple
    biological data, and for evaluating phylogenetic trees;
    · evaluate the evidence for speciation and evolution;
    · demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the theory of evolution and
    · apply cladistic methodology and software to various kinds of data in
    order to discover the historical relationships of organisms;
    · apply the rules of nomenclature;
    · create a new species description;
    · take responsibility for organising and managing their time and
    · work effectively with others, for mutual benefit, when appropriate;
    · confidently present their work orally to an audience;
    · prepare and write scientific reports within the sphere of accepted
    norms, using rubrics;
    · use a personal computer for simple data analysis;

    Main Content
    Basic population dynamics and life-tables. Age-structured population
    models. Population census techniques. Intraspecific competition and
    derivation of the logistic growth equation. Modeling populations
    showing logistic growth. Harvesting natural populations deterministics
    and stochastic models. Population fluctuations key factor analysis.
    Adaptation and the theory of natural selection. Speciation processes and
    patterns. Reconstruction of phylogeny, evolution and classification.
    Concepts and principles of cladistics, modern systematics and taxonomy.

    Breakdown of Learning Time

    Contact with lecturer: 36 hours
    Assignments and tasks: 30 hours
    Practicals: 72 hours
    Tests and examinations: 12 hours
    Self study: 50 hours

    Total Learning Time: 200 hours
    Methods of Student Assessment:
    Continuous assessment 60%
    (Tests, assignments, practicals, practical exams)
    Final exam 40%

    Assessment Module type: CFA

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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