Course: Principles of Evolutionary Biology

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Course title Principles of Evolutionary Biology
Course code KBI/BIO08
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Ditrich Tomáš, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Spiritualism/creacionism and materialism/evolutionism in religion and science (Brief surwey of hypotheses and thoughts on evolution/creation of organisms in he history of human thinking). Evolution and phylogeny. Basic terminology. 2. Scientific hypothese on the origin and evolution of life in the Earth 3. Paleontological proofs of evolution (Precambrium - Quaternary) 4. - 6. Selected principles of mechanisms of macroevolution 7. - 10. Selected principles of mechanisms of microevolution. 11. Evolution of behaviour. 12. Evolution of ecosystems. 13. Evolution in informal science education. 14. Closing session - Colloquium (Discussion to the student essays and presentations)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
To offer an overview of knowledge about the origin of life and principles of evolution in the Earth.
Student will be oriented in problematic of different theories about origin of life and mechanisms of evolution. He will be able to apply his knowledge in sciences informal education. He is also able to integrate knowledge gained in previous courses.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Colloquium

Overview of knowledge about origin of life and evolution mechanisms. To prepare of an essay dealing with chosen topic
Recommended literature
  • aktuální materiály k přednášce, poskytované on line.
  • FLEGR. J.:. Evoluční biologie. Academia, Praha. 559 s. - výběrově doporučená v souvislosti volbou témat esejů. 2005.
  • FLEGR. J.:. Úvod do evoluční biologie. Academia, Praha. (výběrově) 2007.
  • ROSYPAL S. a kol.:. Nový přehled biologie. Scientia Praha. Pouze kapitola 10. (str. 699-749), popř. kapitola 1.4 (str. 13-25) 2003.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Nature and Environmental Education (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter