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Advanced Genetics and Evolution KPZ721



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
Unit code KPZ721
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Jim Weller

Teaching staff

Chris Burridge, Rene Vaillancourt

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

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Learning Outcomes

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 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,200.00 010999

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Mutual Exclusions

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

KPZ310 or KPA376 or KPA377


Teaching Pattern

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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