NAT290 - From One Species to Another: Exploring Evolution

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Subject Title
From One Species to Another: Exploring Evolution

Subject Description
This course covers the basic concepts behind evolution using prokaryote, animal and human examples. It introduces elementary genetics, the role of chance in evolution and the origins of species. Lecture topics include a discussion of genetic mutations, genetic drift, sexual selection, altruism, mimicry and behaviouiral ecology which lead to a discussion of biodiversity, why biodiversity is important and current threats to biodiversity. The course closes with an interactive exchange of ideas dealing with conflicting and of views and evolution.
Co-requisite: EAC149

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. List the steps in the scientific method to describe their usefulness in discovering things about the natural world.
  2. Explain the history of evolutionary thought to recognize the key influences in the development of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
  3. Identify the agents of evolutionary change to see how these mechanisms lead to diversification of life on the planet.
  4. Describe the basics of genetics to differentiate non-heritable from heritable traits which can evolve in populations over time. 
  5. Explain how life might have originated on Earth to discuss speciation of living things from a common ancestor.
  6. Trace the evolution of modern humans from early hominins to highlight the importance of fossil evidence in unraveling the history of our ancestors.

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