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Aims, objective and outcomes


field1To provide a course on evolutionary biology that introduces you to the major principles of evolutionary theory, and ranges from the origins of life, through the evolution of plants and animals to the evolution of behaviour. To prepare you for subsequent biology courses that require an understanding of evolution and behaviour.


  • To show how natural selection ultimately underpins all biological processes and how evolution has generated biological diversity.
  • To outline the major transitions in evolution, from the origin of life and of sex, to hominid evolution.
  • To investigate the evolutionary basis of behaviour in animals, including primates and man.
  • To develop your practical biological skills.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course you should:

  • Have an enhanced knowledge and appreciation of evolutionary biology and behaviour.
  • Be able to develop cogent and critical arguments based on the course material.
  • Be able to perform, analyse and report on experiments and observations in whole-organism biology.
  • Be able to integrate related topics from separate parts of the course.