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BZ2420 - Ecological Genetics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Knowledge and techniques derived from genetics are having an increasing impact on our everyday lives. A good understanding of genetics is vital across a range of disciplines in the biological sciences. So whether you are thinking about going into ecology, evolution or conservation, this subject will expand your knowledge and show you how genetics can provide new insights into all aspects of biology.

Learning Outcomes

  • to understand the applications of genetic techniques to human biology, breeding of domestic animals and plants, population biology and conservation;
  • to understand the basis of and methods for studying genetic diversity;
  • to understand how the structures and functions of living things are prescribed and controlled by genetic factors;
  • to acquire proficiency in observation and evaluation of methods of data collection and analysis;
  • to gain experience in problem-solving and scientific decision-making, and to develop skills in preparing and presenting written technical reports.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have completed 12 credit points of level 1 science subjects including chemistry (CH1001, BM1000 or CH1011), and an understanding of the fundamentals of biology, inheritance and the principles of evolution (BZ1001 or BM1000 or equivalent).
Prerequisites: (AG1002 OR BZ1001) AND (CH1011 OR CH1001 OR BM1000)
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AG2005 BZ5420

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Brad Congdon, Dr Megan Higgie
Lecturers: Dr Brad Congdon, <Person not found>, Dr Megan Higgie, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 30 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); practical reports, written assignments and on-course tests (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Megan Higgie
Lecturers: Dr Brad Congdon, <Person not found>, Dr Megan Higgie, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 30 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); practical reports, written assignments and on-course tests (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.