Genetics and Genomics (10223.2)
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|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
PrerequisitesConcepts in Biology, 483.
Equivalent unitsGenetics, 6531.
Assumed knowledge1st year chemistry, biology, and mathematics.
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Pierce, B.A. (2017). Genetics: a conceptual approach, sixth edition. W.H. Freeman and Company, NY.
This Textbook may be purchased from the School locker website using this link https://theschoollocker.com.au/universities/university-of-canberra), and is also available as a short-term loan from the UC library. Here is the link to access UC libray resources: https://www.canberra.edu.au/library/teachingstaff/unit-resources).
Additional recommended reading: Simon, E., Dickey, J., Hogan, K. A. & Reece, J. (2016). Campbell Essential Biology: Global Edition (6th ed.). Essex, England: Pearson Education Limited
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Assessment 3 and 4 is to be submitted electronically via Canvas. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Responsibility for understanding
If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the unit Convener or tutor. Further, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are correctly enrolled in the unit and that the tutor and Student Administration have their correct contact details.
Mid-semester Exam: In the event a student misses the mid-semester exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances, student should apply for deferred examination via the dropbox in the week 6 module on Canvas. The application must be lodged within three days of the scheduled examination with supporting evidence and a declaration by the student affirming that they have no knowledge of the content of the initial examination.
Take home Final assessment: In the event a student misses the end of semester examination due to illness or other exceptional circumstances, the procedures outlined on http://www.canberra.edu.au/student-services/examinations/alternative-exams must be followed (including submitting the online deferred application form within 3 days of scheduled exam to the Examinations Office).
Special assessment requirements
Final grades are allocated according to the aggregation of marks achieved in all assessment items. The final mark is out of a possible 100 marks. The details of the weighting of each assessment item are stated in Section 5a of the unit outline.
In order to pass the unit:
- Students must attempt all four assessment items.
- Students must at least achieve 45% on the combined mid semester examination and take home final assessment.
- Laboratory attendance is compulsory and 80% attendance (i.e. 7 out of 8 classes) is required.
- Students must achieve a final grade of at least 50%.
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Supplementary assessment will usually only be offered to students who have failed a single unit in their final semester with a final mark between 45-49% and the unit is required for course completion. Refer to the UC Supplementary Assessment Policy.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
In this unit there are 14 hours of labs, and 22 hours of lectures, with the remainder of 114 hours that should be spent on preparing for lectures, self study and working on the various assessment tasks.
Teaching philosophy and conduct
The teaching philosophy of the unit convener and associated staff is that all work in this 2nd year unit is not just a one-way stream of information from the staff to the students, but a collaborative discovery journey of both students and staff. To promote deep understanding the unit is designed to guide and challenge the students to reinvent "the wheel(s)" for themselves rather that provide straight recipes. It is therefore necessary and expected that the students fully commit themselves to the unit, by coming prepared to lectures, participate actively in group activities, lectures, tutorials and labs and spend abundant time on self-study. The students may expect that the staff will create a supportive intellectual environment and teach and mentor to the best of their abilities in a professional respectful manner. The staff and unit convener expect in exchange that the students will behave in an equally professional and respectful manner.
Inclusion and engagement
Inclusion and Welfare
Students who need assistance in undertaking the unit because of disability or other circumstances should inform their Unit Convener or Inclusion and Welfare as soon as possible so the necessary arrangements can be made.
Participation in laboratory/practical classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in at least 80% of laboratory and tutorial/laboratory classes to pass this unit (i.e. 7 out of 8 classes). In the event that you cannot attend your assigned laboratory class due to illness or unavoidable commitments, contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible to negotiate an alternate lab class later in the week (if available).
Required IT skills
Students are expected to have a basic level of IT understanding and computer literacy. Online browser navigation and the ability to use word and Excel is assumed.
There are some costs associated with this Unit such as the purchase of books. Software is provided with no cost associated with it. Students are able to install it on their own computers.
Note: To calculate your unit fees see: How do I calculate my fees?.
The online the school locker https://theschoollocker.com.au/universities/university-of-canberra/subjects/semester-one textbook is available for purchasing text book.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Students should keep a back-up copy of any assessment item that has been submitted.
Foundation of Unit
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact email@example.com if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement of attendance at a minimum of 5 workshops must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).