Courses & Units

Genetics and Evolution KPZ215

Introduction

Genetics & Evolution is a core second year unit for BSc students majoring in Zoology or Plant Science 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 reviews classical genetics and develops the themes of linkage, recombination, cytogenetics, and quantitative genetics. We then discuss molecular genetics; including DNA structure, the control of gene expression, tools to analyze genetic variation, and the principles of forward and reverse genetics. This leads to an overview of biotechnologies, ranging from breeding and domestication to genetic modification. Evolutionary theory and processes are discussed with a range of examples, including recent human evolution. 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 KPZ215
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology|Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Doctor Robert Wiltshire
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • apply the principles of classical genetics, linkage analysis, and quantitative inheritance to animal and plant models, and describe and how variation in reproductive strategies might affect breeding strategies
  • 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, and how molecular genetics can be applied to the study of variation
  • extract and analyze DNA using a number of basic techniques.
  • give examples of how molecular genetics reveals evolutionary processes in humans.
  • illustrate evolutionary processes with appropriate examples in other organisms, and
  • use the terminology and apply the theory underlying cladistic analysis to describe evolutionary relationships.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010903 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Requisites

Prerequisites

Admission into a Masters course OR KPZ164 Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KPA215

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Weekly tutorial followed by three-hour practical sessions; Weekly online modules supported by quizzes 

AssessmentAssessment Task 13: Online examination (40%)|Assessment Task 3: L2xL7 Genetic Analysis report (15%)|Assessment Task 1&2: L2xL7 F2 Analysis (5%)|Assessment Tasks 6 & 7: Cytogenetics & Flow Cytometry (5%)|Assessment Task 4: Quantitative Genetics (2.5%)|Assessment Task 8: DNA extraction & Pipetting (2.5%)|Assessment Task 9: DNA quality determination (2.5%)|Assessment Task 10: GMO analysis (2.5%)|Assessment Task 11: DNA Alignment (2.5%)|Assessment Task 13: Weekly quizzes (1-12) and pre-lab quizzes (6-8) (15%)|Assessment Task 11: Evolutionary relationships (2.5%)|Conservation genetics scoring and analysis (5%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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