Courses & Units

Genetics and Evolution KPA215



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;


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.


Unit name Genetics and Evolution
Unit code KPA215
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology|Ecology and Biodiversity

Rob Wiltshire

Teaching staff

René Vaillancourt, Dorothy Steane, Jim Weller

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


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010903

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(KPA161 or KZA161) and KPZ164



Teaching Pattern

2 lectures weekly, 3 hrs practical weekly.


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

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