Evolutionary Genetics and Neurobiology

Module code: NS4005

Topics Covered

  • Origin of life
  • Genetic diversity and evolution
  • Gene duplication, phylogeny and capacitance in evolution
  • Evolutionary pressures that gave rise the modern humans
  • Homeobox genes
  • Mass extinctions and their relationship to evolution of new biota
  • Comparison of vertebrate and invertebrate proprioceptors and auditory organs
  • Integration of sensory information to generate behaviour
  • Principles of olfactory coding
  • Neuronal mechanisms of limb movement
  • Neuronal population coding comparison to sensory-motor systems
  • Arthropod motor behaviour

Learning

  • 46 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 37 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 197 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 2.5 hours (30%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (30%)
  • Coursework (20%)
  • Poster synopsis and critical review (10%)
  • Essay (5%)
  • Lab report (5%)