Courses & Units

Genetics and Evolution KPZ215



This unit offers an extension to first-year Cell Biology, 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 KPZ215
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology|Ecology and Biodiversity

Dr Rob Wiltshire

Teaching staff

Prof René Vaillancourt, Dr Dorothy Steane, Assoc Prof Jim Weller

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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Learning Outcomes

1. Apply the principles of classical genetics, linkage analysis, and quantitative inheritance to animal and plant models.

2. Describe the variation in reproductive strategies and how it might affect breeding strategies.

3. Describe the structure of DNA and chromosomes, the ways in which gene expression are altered, the reasons why genome sizes vary between organisms, how genes evolve and how this can reveal evolution, applications of molecular genetics to the study of variation at a number of levels.

4. Extract and analyze DNA using a number of basic techniques.

5. Give examples of how molecular genetics reveals the evolutionary processes in humans.

6. Illustrate evolutionary processes with appropriate examples.

7. Use the terminology and apply the theory underlying cladistic analysis to describe evolutionary relationships.



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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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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