MB5450 - Molecular Approaches to Marine Ecology and Evolution
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Enrolment in this subject is RESTRICTED to all students enrolled in the following
awards: Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Graduate
Certificate of Research Methods, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate
of Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development
Practice, Master of Science and Master of Development Practice.
This subject introduces molecular genetic procedures to address topical issues in
Marine Ecology and Evolution in the context of recent publications, focussing on marine
phylogeography, population genetics, fisheries, marine biodiversity and behavioural
genetics. It covers basic genetic techniques (DNA extraction, primer design and choice,
PCR, sequencing) and the use of computer programs to manipulate sequence data and
to perform genetic database searches and data analyses. It establishes a practical
and theoretical basis for molecular genetics research through lectures, discussion
papers, hands on bench-work and computer workshops. It puts information into context
with respect to current issues relating to coral reef and tropical marine organisms.
- identify and understand the unique features of the evolutionary history and mechanisms
in tropical marine organisms;
- develop insights into the organization and evolution of nuclear and organellar (mtDNA)
genomes and their suitability for systematic and evolutionary studies;
- familiarity with the principles and practices of molecular genetic studies of evolution
- phylogenetics (MP, ML, Bayesian approaches);
- familiarity with the principles and practices of molecular genetics studies of populations
and their application to studies of ecology, biodiversity, behaviour, conservation
- gain a consolidated understanding of molecular, morphological, ecological and behavioral
approaches: an appreciation and awareness of conflicts and how such understanding
can be used to improve our ability to resolve challenges in the marine environment.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant
discipline (eg marine biology, biochemistry or genetics) or have acquired equivalent
knowledge through other study. They should have an excellent understanding of marine
biology, biochemistry and genetics and a good understanding of ecological principles.
Study Period 3
|Census Date 02-Feb-2017
|Face to face teaching
16-Jan-2017 to 27-Jan-2017
||Dr Lynne Van Herwerden
||Dr Carolyn Smith-Keune, Professor Dean Jerry, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden, Assoc. Professor Kyall Zenger.
- 20 hours lectures
- 10 hours tutorials
- 15 hours practicals
- 15 hours - Computer Workshops
||presentations (40%); essays (30%); assignments (30%).
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