Module Identifier BS34020  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Joanne S Porter  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr James J Bell  
Pre-Requisite BS22120  
Course delivery Lecture   24 Hours  
  Other   15 Hours Workshop. 5 x 3 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours One 3-hour theory paper  60%
Semester Assessment Course Work: Four coursework assignments  30%
Semester Assessment2 Hours Group presentation and debate, online debate  10%
Supplementary Assessment3 Hours One 3-hour theory paper (plus resubmission of failed courswork or an alternative) 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to write examination essays which demonstrate a clear appreciation of


To provide the theoretical background for understanding population genetics and its relevance to conservation.
To inform about ways in which molecular techniques can be used for the management of rare and threatened species.
To motivate students, by considering how population genetic, phylogeographic and phylogenetic approaches are used for the management of particular endangered species, and by considering how medicine and health care has affected the genetic makeup of human populations.
To inform students of the relevance of modern transgenic technology to various aspects of biology, including agriculture, conservation biology and medicine.


Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Frankham, R., Ballou, J.D., and Briscoe, D.A. (2002) Introduction to Conservation Genetics Cambridge University Press
Page, R.D.M. & Holmes, E.C. Molecular Evolution A Phylogenetic Approach. Blackwell Science
Hall, B.G. (2001) Phylogenic trees made easy, a how-to manual for molecular biologists. Sinauer Associates Inc
Avise, J.C. (2000) Phylogeography, the history and formation of species Harvard University Press
** Supplementary Text
Ridley, M. (1996) Evolution Blackwell Science
Snouls, M. (1987) Viable populations for conservation Cambridge University Press.
Snustad, Simmons & Jenkins (1997) Principles of genetics John Wiley & Sons.
Hartl, D.L. & Jones, E.W. (1998) Genetics: Principles and analysis 4th. Jones & Bartlett.
Cook, L.M. (1991) Genetics & ecological diversity Chapman & Hall.


This module is at CQFW Level 6