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BZ5450 - Ecological and Conservation Genetics

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Masters of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science, Masters of Development Practice and Bachelor of Science (Advanced). Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology. Graduate Certificate of Biotechnology

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.

Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (eg biology or environmental science) or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should have a good understanding of genetics and/or biochemistry, including knowledge of genetic inheritance, principles of evolutionary analysis and a fundamental understanding of whole organism biology.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AG3003 AG5003 BZ3450

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 23-Aug-2018
Coordinator: Professor Kyall Zenger
Lecturers: Professor Kyall Zenger, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); practical reports and 3000 word assignment (30%); essays and tests (20%).

    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.