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196.217 Evolutionary Biology (15 credits)

IMPORTANT NOTE:There have been changes to this course for 2022. For 2021 enrolments please check the individual offering description below to confirm details for:

  • Learning outcomes

Understanding the processes and patterns of evolution is central to developing insight into questions of how and why in biology. This course introduces students to the core concepts in evolution, including the geological, biological, phylogenetic and rational evidence for evolution by common descent. Core concepts - including the origins of genetic and phenotypic variation, and micro and macro-evolutionary processes and patterns - will be reinforced and explored in the lab via computer-based simulations and real evolution experiments with digital organisms. Students will be introduced to current theories of human evolution and topics of special interest including the evolution of cooperation and conflict; game theory; the origin of sex; and microbial experimental evolution. Theory will be illustrated, where appropriate, with examples from New Zealand’s native species.

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Year Semester Mode Location
2021 * Semester Two full semester Internal Auckland Campus
2022 Semester Two full semester Internal Auckland Campus
2022 Semester Two full semester Internal Manawatu Campus

* Due to recent changes you should carefully check this offering to confirm details before you enrol.