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This unit focuses on practical applications of genetics and biotechnology.  It emphasises the uses of modern genetic tools including genomics and biotechnology to plants and animals. The lecture series will show that genetics is central to biodiversity conservation and restoration.  It will cover genetic and biotechnology applications that can help increase food production (genetic improvement and genetic engineering) or food security (i.e. germplasm conservation).  The lecture series will also cover aspects of biotechnology that have promising or existing industrial applications such as synthetic biology and tissue culture.  Practicals will be held most weeks and cover topics such as the use of DNA markers in parentage analysis and population assignment, field trial assessment and analysis, genetic simulations under conservation scenarios, marker or gene assisted selection, genetic engineering, and tissue culture.

Summary 2020

Unit name Applied Genetics and Biotechnology
Unit code KPZ309
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

René Vaillancourt

Teaching staff

Chris Burridge, Anthony Koutoulis, Steve Smith, Jim Weller, Brad Potts

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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

KPA373, KPA377


Teaching Pattern

2 hr lecture and 3 hour practical each week


Internal assessment (50%) comprising: 2 x 15% scientific reports, 1 x 20% debate.  Final exam (2-hours) (50%)

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