Courses & Units

Genetics and Evolution KPA215

Hobart

Note:

This unit and the complementary unit KPA214 (Plants in Action) are prerequisites for third-year units in the School of Biological Sciences. The complementary unit KPA210 is highly recommended;

Introduction

Genetics & Evolution is a core second year unit for BBiotechMedRes, BMarAntSc, and BSc students majoring in Plant Science or Genetics, and important for any student studying Biological Sciences. The unit offers an introduction to genetics and evolution, and integrates classical and molecular approaches to understand genetic control, genetic manipulation, and evolutionary processes. The unit starts with a review of classical genetics and develops the themes of linkage, recombination, cytogenetics, and quantitative genetics. We then move to a discussion of molecular genetics; including DNA analysis, forward and reverse genetics. This leads to an overview of biotechnologies, ranging from breeding and domestication to genetic modification. Evolutionary processes are illustrated with the dramatic radiation of the angiosperms, and population genetics with the equally dramatic radiation of the humans. The practical component of the unit is a mix of lab-based genetics experiments; technique development in cytology, artificial crossing and molecular genetics; and determination of evolutionary relationships.

Summary

Unit name Genetics and Evolution
Unit code KPA215
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Biological Sciences
Discipline Zoology|Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator

Dr Rob Wiltshire

Teaching staff

Prof René Vaillancourt, Dr Dorothy Steane, Distinguished Prof Jim Reid

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

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International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,055.00 010903

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Prerequisites

KPA161 and KPZ164

Co-requisites

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2 lectures weekly, 3 hrs practical weekly.

Assessment

2 hour theory exam (60%), internal assessment (40%) which is comprised of lab exercises, quizzes, and a written lab report.

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Flexible Study Options

Textbooks

Required

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