Courses & Units

Applied Genetics and Biotechnology KPZ309


This unit focuses on practical applications of plant and animal genetics and biotechnology, emphasising the use of modern genetic tools in industry and research. The lecture series describes 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 tissue culture and DNA fingerprinting. 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 mating system analysis; genetic simulations under conservation scenarios; genetic engineering; grafting 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 Biological Sciences
Coordinator Professor Rene Vaillancourt
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

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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? 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. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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.

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

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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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 (40%)|Molecular data analysis 1 (5%)|Design your own transgenic plant (5%)|Debate (10%)|Hop report (10%)|Conservation genetics simulation practical (10%)|Shoot grafting report (10%)|Flash presentation on domestication (10%)
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