There will be two 50 minute lectures per week and a two-hour computer
lab session each Wednesday evening. Lectures will be in 3131 LSB, and
the computer labs will be in 3306 LSB. Please bring a calculator to
class, as we will do some practice calculations from time to
time. Copies of slides will be distributed for most lectures, and
will also be available from the course website.
Hedrick, P.W. Genetics of Populations.
4th edition. 2011. Jones and Bartlett. ISBN-13 978-0-7637-5737-3.
Please do the reading BEFORE lecture, as this will greatly enhance your
understanding of the material. Lecture is primarily intended to
reinforce and hopefully illuminate the contents of the text. Partially available on Google Books.
You must also purchase a laboratory manual from the WVU Bookstore prior
to the August 19 laboratory, and bring it with you for each lab
On reserve in downtown library:
Hamilton, M.B. 2009. Population Genetics. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex.
Gillespie, J.H. 2004. Population Genetics: A Concise Guide. John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. 214 pages.
Falconer, D.S., and T.F.C. Mackay. 1996. Introduction to Quantitative Genetics. Prentice Hall, Harlow, England. 464 pages.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe and critically evaluate major theories and approaches in modern population genetics.
- Execute and interpret standard population genetic analyses using hand calculations and publicly available software tools
the validity of experimental results such as DNA fingerprinting and
genetic testing for disease susceptibility in the light of population
- Quantitatively explore mechanisms of biotic evolution
|Exam 1 : 120 pts
Exam 2 : 120 pts
|Lab Reports : 120 pts
Final Exam: 120 pts
The laboratory is intended to reinforce concepts introduced in
lectures, and as a bridge to application of population genetics
approaches to real-world problems. Lab reports will be a combination of
manual calculations, output from population genetics software, and a
written description of methods and interpretation of results. Students
will often work in groups to solve problems, but reports should be the
work of individual students. All lab reports will be due before the
beginning of the lab in the following week, unless otherwise specified.
Late reports will be penalized 0.5 points per day. Each report is worth
There will be 2 two-hour practical exams during the semester. These
will be held in the computer lab and will be a combination of hand
calculations, software calculations, and short answers. Exams will be
closed book, but key formulas and documentation for the software will
Grading will be on the following scale:
POLICY FOR DISABLED STUDENTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PHILOSOPHY
inform me if you need special assistance in this course, and make
arrangements as necessary either with me or through Disability Services
(293 6700). The first week of the semester is the best time for
these discussions, and all matters will be kept confidential. West
Virginia University is committed to social justice. I concur with
West Virginia University's commitment and expect to maintain a positive
learning environment based upon open communication, mutual respect and
non-discrimination. Our University does not discriminate on the
basis of race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, religion, sexual
orientation, color or national origin. Any suggestions as to how to
further such a positive and open environment in this class will be
appreciated and given serious consideration.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty includes
plagiarism, cheating, and dishonest practices, as defined in article III section B of the WVU Student Conduct Code. Academic dishonesty will result in a zero being assigned to that component of the course (e.g., exam or lab report).
Attendance will not be formally taken at lectures, but attendance is
strongly recommended. Population Genetics builds upon increasingly
complex concepts, and it is easy to get lost if pieces are missing or
poorly-understood. Attendance at labs is even more important, as a
substantial fraction of the grade is based on lab reports, which cannot
be properly completed without attending the lab. Furthermore, the exams
will require skills that will be learned during the labs, so overall
grades are sure to suffer due to lack of attendance. Finally, students
will not be excused from preparing lab reports due to absence. Reports
will still be due according to the schedule on the lab webpage.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN
In the event of an emergency, please proceed to the stairway located to
the left of room 3131 (heading out of the room, away from the main
proceed out the nearest door and turn right, then turn left and proceed
straight ahead toward the exit sign, descend the stairway to ground
level, then exit to the street.