Evolutionary Dynamics
Cod: 22100
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Biology
Total working hours: 130
Total contact time: 20

The main objective of this course is to train students with the knowledge and tools to understand the processes of evolution.

Biological Evolution(mutation and selection)
Modes of change in gene frequencies
Modes of selection

Understanding the mechanisms of evolution (the fundamental mathematical principles that guide evolution).

1. Introduction to the dynamic evolution
2. Basic principles of evolution from the system dynamics
3. Systems archetypes: the exponential growth, logistic growth, natural selection, mutations between species
4. Representative examples of evolution

[1] Martin A.Nowak, Evolutionary Dynamics. Exploring the equations of life, ISBN:978-067402338-3
[2] J.D. Murray, Evolutionary Dynamics. Exploring the equations of life, Springer; 3rd edition, 2003
[3] D.E. Goldberg, Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning, Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition, 1989.
[4] Brian Keith Hall, Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Monroe W. Strickberger Strickberger's Evolution, Fourth Edition


Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.