Courses & Units

Applied Genetics and Biotechnology KPZ309



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
Unit code KPZ309
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology
Coordinator Professor Rene Vaillancourt
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

Please check that your computer meets the minimum System Requirements if you are attending via Distance/Off-Campus.

Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

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

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

About Census Dates

Learning Outcomes

  • 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
010909 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • 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

1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

If you have any questions in relation to the fees, please contact UConnect or more information is available on StudyAssist.

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



Admission into a Masters course OR KPZ215 Genetics and Evolution (or KPA215)

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

2 hr lecture and 3 hour practical each week

AssessmentExamination (50%)|Report 1 (15%)|Report 2 (15%)|Debate (15%)|Practicals (5%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



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

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.