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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY2175 Human Populations

10 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr Rupert Quinnell

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


Learning outcomes
At the end of this course students will have an understanding of:
- methods for study of distribution and abundance of disease populations;
- infectious disease and cancer epidemiology;
- human genetic variation and population structure;
- the behaviour of genes in human populations;
- human origins and evolution;
- impact of changing populations.


- Epidemiological methods: descriptive epidemiology considering inferences and terminology; classical statistical approaches considering cancer; population biology considering infectious agents.
- Methods are applied in problem solving exercises.
- An evolutionary perspective throws light on the genetic structure of human populations, considering 'normal' variation, geographical variation and pathology.
- Mutation, gene flow, natural selection, genetic drift, founder effects and genetic load are discussed, and considered in workshops.
- Human origins and evolution.
- Changes in human populations: growth; life histories, migration; language; land usage; impact on the environment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours72.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

2 in course practicals, each assessed by completion of a practical worksheet.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical2 x Practical worksheets25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:47:51


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