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 genes and genomes are studied and how this provides us with key information about what genes do, and how they work together to control the development and functioning of an organism. It also examines how 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 examples drawn from both plant and animal studies, and will outline the importance of integrating different types of genetic information for an overall understanding of a biological question. This theoretical background will be complemented in the practical component, which will cover basic skills and choice of approaches in analysis of gene sequences and genetic variation, through a series of computer-based exercises and a laboratory-based project. These activities will also emphasize interpretation and presentation of results.
|Unit name||Advanced Genetics and Evolution|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Chris Burridge, Rene Vaillancourt
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.
On completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. explain the relationship between gene structure and function
2. justify the selection of specific genetic approaches to investigate a specific biological question
3. assess the relative merits of different approaches for using genetic variation to trace evolutionary relationships among living organisms
4. critically evaluate conclusions about gene function, genome structure and evolution based on analysis of DNA sequences, phenotypic data, and patterns of inheritance
5. evaluate information from scientific literature and sequence databases for its relevance to a specific research question in genetics
6. communicate the broader implications of results from a scientific investigation to a scientifically literate audience
|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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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
KPZ310 or KPA376 or KPA377
2 hr lecture and 3 hr practical each week
Assessment Task 1-4: sequence analysis exercises (5% each) 20%; Assessment Task 5: research project oral presentation 5%; Assessment Task 6: research project written report 25%; Final examination: 50%
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