Evolution and Diversity of Life Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:   Upon completion of this portion of the course, you will be able to

LO 1.1:  Convert a data set from a table of numbers that reflect a change in the genetic makeup of a population over time and to use mathematics and conceptual understandings to investigate the cause(s) and effect(s) of this change.
LO 1.2:  Evaluate evidence provided by data (collected or given) to qualitatively and quantitatively investigate natural selection's role in evolution.
LO 1.3:  Use mathematics to analyze data from a real or simulated population to predict what will happen to the population in the future. 
LO 1.4:  Evaluate data-based evidence that describes evolutionary changes in the genetic makeup of a population over time.
LO 1.5:  Connect evolutionary changes in a population over time to a change in the environment.
LO 1.6 Use data from mathematical models based on the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium to analyze genetic drift and effects of selection in the evolution of specific populations.
LO 1.7:  Justify data from mathematical models based on the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium to
analyze genetic drift and effects of selection in the evolution of specific populations.
LO 1.8:  Predict what the effects of genetic drift, migration and artificial selection on the genetic makeup of a population will be.
LO 1.9:  Evaluate evidence provided by data from multiple scientific disciplines that support biological evolution.
LO 1.10:  Refine evidence based on data from many scientific disciplines that support biological evolution.
LO 1.11:  Design an investigation to answer scientific questions regarding how organisms have changed over time using morphological, biochemical and geological data.
LO 1.12:  Connect scientific evidence from many scientific disciplines to support the modern concept of evolution.
LO 1.13:  Construct and/or justify mathematical models, diagrams or simulations that represent processes of biological evolution.
LO 1.14:  Pose scientific questions which correctly identify essential properties of shared life processes that provide insights into the history of life on Earth.
LO 1.15:  Describe specific examples of conserved core biological processes and features shared by all domains or within one domain of life and how these shared conserved processes and features support the concept of common ancestry for all organisms.
LO 1.16:  Justify the scientific claim that organisms share many conserved core processes and features that evolved and are widely distributed among organisms today.  
LO 1.17:  Pose scientific questions about a group of organisms whose relatedness is described by a phylogenetic tree or cladogram in order to (1) identify shared characteristics, (2) make inferences about the evolutionary history of the group, and (3) identify character data that could extend or improve the phylogenetic tree.
LO 1.18:  Evaluate evidence provided by a data set in conjunction with a phylogenetic tree or a simple cladogram to determine evolutionary history and speciation. 
LO 1.19:  Create a phylogenetic tree or simple cladogram that correctly represents evolutionary history and speciation from a provided data set.
LO 1.20:  Analyze data related to questions of speciation and extinction throughout the Earth’s history.
LO 1.21:  Design a plan for collecting data to investigate the scientific claim that speciation and extinction have occurred throughout the Earth’s history. 
LO 1.22:  Use data from a real or simulated population(s), based on graphs or models of types of selection, to predict what will happen to the population in the future. 
LO 1.23:  Justify the selection of data that address questions related to reproductive isolation and speciation.
LO 1.24:  Describe speciation in an isolated population and connect it to change in gene frequency, change in environment, natural selection and/or genetic drift. 
LO 1.25:  Describe a model that represents evolution within a population.
LO 1.26:  Evaluate given data sets that illustrate evolution as an ongoing process.
LO 1.27:  Describe a scientific hypothesis about the origin of life on Earth.
LO 1.28:  Evaluate scientific questions based on hypotheses about the origin of life on Earth. [See
LO 1.29:  Describe the reasons for revisions of scientific hypotheses of the origin of life on Earth.
LO 1.30:  Evaluate scientific hypotheses about the origin of life on Earth.
LO 1.31:  Evaluate the accuracy and legitimacy of data to answer scientific questions about the origin of life on Earth.
LO 1.32:  Justify the selection of geological, physical, and chemical data that reveal early Earth conditions.