|Student Contribution Band:||Band 2|
|Administered by:||College of Science and Engineering|
The continuing development of genetic techniques over recent years has opened new and exciting avenues in research in ecology and conservation. A rounded education in any ecological or conservation field requires awareness of the current use and future potential of genetic techniques. This subject introduces the student to these uses. Uses of molecular phylogenies and population genetic data will be introduced to demonstrate how these can trace the evolutionary history of a group and assist in biodiversity and conservation studies. Factors affecting the genetic structure of species will be covered, including the effects of social structure and population subdivision on gene flow. There is an emphasis on the use of genetic approaches to setting conservation priorities and in management of endangered populations.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of level 2 science including genetics (BS2470 and/or BC2023) and/or biochemistry (BC2013) or equivalents, including knowledge of genetic inheritance, principles of evolutionary analysis and a fundamental understanding of whole organism biology.|
|Prerequisites:||BS2470 OR BZ2420 OR BC2023 OR BC2013|
|AG3003 AG5003 BZ5450|
|Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal|
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019|
|Coordinator:||Dr Megan Higgie|
|Lecturers:||Professor Kyall Zenger, Dr Megan Higgie, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.|
The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.
|Assessment:||end of semester exam (50%); practical reports and assignments (50%).|
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.