This unit focuses on practical applications of genetics and biotechnology, emphasising the use of modern genetic tools in industry and research, of plants and animals. The lectures describe genetic and biotechnology applications that can help increase food production (genetic improvement, genome editing and genetic engineering), food security (i.e., germplasm conservation), and aspects of biotechnology that have promising or existing industrial applications such as synthetic biology, innovative bio-products, and tissue culture. The lecture series will also show how genetics is crucial to biodiversity conservation and restoration. Practicals will cover topics such as: the use of DNA markers in parentage analysis and population genetics; phenotyping techniques and subsequent analysis; genetic simulations under conservation scenarios; marker or gene assisted selection; genetic engineering; and tissue culture.
|Unit name||Applied Genetics and Biotechnology|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Rene Vaillancourt|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- explain how genetics can help plant and animal conservation as well as be used to study living organisms
- describe the different methods utilised in genetic improvement of plants and animals and explain their advantages and disadvantages
- communicate effectively with professional scientists using relevant written language
- compile logical arguments to answer a question or put forward a point of view.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR KPZ215 Genetics and Evolution (or KPA215)
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KPA377 AND KPA373
2 hr lecture and 3 hour practical each week
|Assessment||Examination (50%)|Report 1 (15%)|Report 2 (15%)|Debate (15%)|Practicals (5%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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