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Genetics and Evolution III KPZ310


This unit is about how genetics is used to study development and evolution, and gives an overview of the genetic approaches and techniques that are now an essential part of almost every area of biology. The lecture component examines ways in which genes and genomes are studied and how this provides us with key information about what genes do, how they work together to control the development and functioning of an organism, and how these roles have evolved. It also examines how an understanding of genes and genomes can be applied to current challenges in biology and agriculture. This theoretical background will be complemented in the practical component, which will cover basic skills in analysis of gene sequences and genetic variation, through a series of computer-based exercises and a laboratory-based project. These activities will also emphasise interpretation and presentation of results. This unit is required as part of the Plant Science major.


Unit name Genetics and Evolution III
Unit code KPZ310
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Jim Weller
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 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 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • describe and explain the genetic principles, techniques and approaches that are applied to investigate the development and function of living organisms
  • analyze and interpret genetic data to draw conclusions about the function, interaction and evolution of genes
  • design, conduct and critically evaluate investigations into gene function and the genetic basis of biological processes
  • communicate genetic theory, information, results and interpretations in written reports and oral presentations

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



KPZ215 - Genetics and Evolution OR KPA215 - Genetics and Evolution

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

1x2-hr face-to-face lectorial (also recorded and available on MyLO) and 3-hr face-to-face practical (or equivalent) each week

AssessmentAT2 - DNA sequence analysis Assignment 1 (5%)|AT3 - DNA sequence analysis Assignment 2 (5%)|AT4 - DNA sequence analysis Assignment 3 (5%)|AT5 - Crop Domestication presentation (5%)|AT6 - Transgenic plant design - Assignment (5%)|AT7 - Oral presentation of project results (5%)|AT1 - Weekly content quiz (10%)|AT8 - Research Project Report (20%)|AT9 - Final examination (40%)
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