Courses & Units

Advanced Applied Genetics and Biotechnology KPZ717



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. The production of a literature review will demonstrate your abilities to master the scientific literature and assemble a written body that effectively communicate the core knowledge necessary to understand a particular topic to an advanced level.


Unit name Advanced Applied Genetics and Biotechnology
Unit code KPZ717
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

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


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 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

1. Explain how genetics can help plant and animal conservation.

2. Demonstrate how genetics and biotechnology can be used to study living organisms.

3. Compare the different methods utilised in genetic improvement of plants and animals and explain their advantages and disadvantages.

4. Communicate pertinent information and arguments with/to professional scientists using effective written and oral language.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 2018: $2,126.00 010999

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Mutual Exclusions

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

KPZ309 or KPA377 or KPA777


Teaching Pattern

2 hr lecture and 3 hour practical each week


Assessment Task 1: E. morrisbyi report, 15%; Assessment Task 2: Tissue culture report, 15%; Assessment Task 3: Debate, 15%; Final examination, 55%

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