Courses & Units

Genetics for Ecology and Evolution KPZ309


This unit focuses on the application of genetics to ecology and evolution, with a particular emphasis on biodiversity conservation and restoration. It also examines how traits, genes and genomes change over time, and how this can be applied to understanding of genetic diversity and evolution at the level of populations, species and higher-order taxonomic groupings. Lectures will be illustrated by discussion of several key examples drawn from both plant and animal studies. Laboratory, computer and field-based practical classes will introduce students to restoration genetics field experiments and their analysis; genetic simulations under conservation scenarios; the use of DNA markers in biological forensics; and how we determine how traits evolve.


Unit name Genetics for Ecology and Evolution
Unit code KPZ309
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Rebecca Jones
Available as an 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

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how genetics can help inform plant and animal conservation strategies as well as be used to study the evolution and diversity of living organisms
  • Analyze and interpret genetic data to draw conclusions about the evolution and diversity of populations and species
  • Communicate genetics and biotechnology information using a range of formats relevant to professional scientists

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010909 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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KPZ215 - Genetics and Evolution OR KPA215 - Genetics and Evolution

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

2 hour lecture/tutorial and 3 hour practical each week

AssessmentHop report (10%)|Restoration genetics report (20%)|Practical class reports (30%)|Examination (40%)
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