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Organisms and Populations: Lectures

This module aims to equip students with the conceptual, theoretical and computational skills required for the analysis and engineering of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and populations.

You will learn to solve scientific problems in this area by integrating concepts and approaches from different scientific disciplines, including biology, physics, chemistry and computing, with the underlying mathematics serving as a common language.

After completing the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply creative analytical thinking in order to frame incisive, tractable scientific questions, especially about the structure, organisation and dynamics of organisms and populations.
  • Demonstrate a grasp of physical law as it applies to the properties and behaviours of living organisms and populations.
  • Use mathematical approaches to solve problems relating to the behaviours and interactions of organisms and populations.
  • Describe and discuss the mechanisms by cells divide.
  • Describe and discuss how embryos are organised.
  • Describe and discuss how organisms recognise non-self.
  • Describe and discuss how populations evolve under selection pressure(s).

Course leader
John James



8 weeks (32 hours of teaching time)

Teaching methods

1 hour lecture followed by a break and a supervised problem-solving session of up to 1 hour, applying/extending what has been learned in the earlier session.

1-hour written examination (taken at the end of the academic year)