The module is a continuation of Integrated Natural Science Year 1 modules that focus on molecules, cells and organisms to further increase scale to population level. The programme extends the first year of the degree using more advanced methods and analysis, but retaining the Integrated Natural Science ethos, solving problems by drawing freely from the methods and mindsets of more than one discipline. The module will focus primarily on computational methods to analyse data, model interactions and spatial patterns and link changes at the DNA and transcriptional level to outcomes in spatial developmental patterns, species interaction and population ecology.
Students will be equipped to extract quantitative data from raw sequencing reads and images, derive network information and mathematical models to describe multidimensional patterns and complex multi-species interactions. The module will be taught by three staff members with respective speciality in three blocks. Each week, two workshops totalling 4 hours will combine lectures and practical (largely computational) work. Students will work in groups to tackle a long-term project introduced in week 1 and to present relevant topics from literature in the 2nd and 3rd week of each block.