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BZ2420 - Ecological Genetics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

An understanding of genetics is important for most biologists, and this will become more so into the future. Knowledge and techniques derived from genetics and related fields are having an increasing impact on our everyday lives. Genetic approaches are crucial to our understanding of ecology and evolution; in understanding how biodiversity arises; managing and conserving biodiversity; for developing new and improved agriculture and aquaculture industries, and in biotechnology. In this subject we expand on knowledge gained in level one subjects and show how genetics can provide new insights into all aspects of biology, particularly in the fields of ecology and evolution.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how complex organisms result from the basic genetic code; Describe the applications of genetic techniques to ecology and evolution;
  • Define the basis and methods for studying genetic diversity at different hierarchical levels (from genes to species);
  • Identify the ways in which structures and functions of living things are determined by genetic factors and interact with their environment;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in observation and evaluation of methods of data collection and analysis;
  • Demonstrate reliable problem-solving and scientific decision-making, and development of skills in preparing and presenting written technical reports.
Students enrolling in this subject should have completed 12 credit points of level 1 science subjects including chemistry (CH1001), and have an understanding of the fundamentals of biology, inheritance and the principles of evolution (BZ1001 or equivalent).
Prerequisites: ( BZ1001 OR BZ1005) AND (CH1011 OR CH1001 OR BM1000)
AG2005 BZ2820 BZ5420 BZ5820


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Jose Domingos, Dr Gregory Maes
Lecturers: Dr Jose Domingos, Dr Gregory Maes.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 30 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorials, practical reports, mid-term exam, written assignments and on-course tests (60%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.