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Genetics and Genomics (10223.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science

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Syllabus

This unit is designed to introduce students to the broad concepts and principles of genetics and genomics. It will integrate such knowledge into the broader framework of human biology, particularly issues to do with human health and society, environmental science, landscape ecology, and forensic science. Topics to be considered include: chromosomes, genes and genome sequencing, bioinformatics, epigenetics and recombinant DNA technology applicable from molecules to human health and to ecology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand and articulate the roles for inheritance/genetic mechanisms in human health & disease, and environment & society along with ethical issues associated with genetic knowledge;

2. Understand and describe key processes involved in the inheritance and expression of genes;

3. Analyse and interpret biological and evolutionary problems in terms of genetic/genomics concepts and be able to utilise modern genetic/genomic tools to conduct further investigation;

4. Clearly communicate genetic concepts so they are understood across a wide range of scientific disciplines;

5. Work effectively as independent researcher and in teams within a laboratory setting; and

6. Develop an awareness of genetic issues as they are viewed within society and across cultural boundaries.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

The mode of delivery is Standard face-to-face teaching and online. This will include lectures, extensive hands on learning via group tutorials and laboratory experiments as appropriate. There will also be considerable on-line components including online laboratories and podcasts delivered by renowned laboratories and academics (e.g. Cold Spring Harbour).

Prerequisites

Concepts in Biology, 483.

Corequisites

None.

Assumed Knowledge

1st year chemistry, biology, and mathematics.

Incompatible Units

None.

Equivalent Units

Genetics, 6531.



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