- Code BIOL6006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
This course introduces the principles of population, evolutionary and quantitative genetics. We do this by asking: what can we learn from DNA? In answering this question we focus on the practical applications of the theory illustrated by human forensic DNA analysis, conservation genetics and evolutionary genetics. In the practical component of the course, students will gain hands on experience in human forensic DNA profiling in the laboratory, as well as statistical analysis skills across a range of genetic topics. Other topics covered include epigenetics and next generation sequencing.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately
Learning OutcomesOn satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to understand and critically evaluate scientific and media reports on genetic technology and genetic breakthroughs as they effect our day to day lives. They will also have a thorough understanding of the principles underlying population genetics, and how this relates to the use of modern genetic markers in population and forensic studies. From their research project, students will learn to apply advanced statistical procedures in the analysis of codominant markers in forensic studies, and ecological studies involving relatedness estimates and paternity studies. Specific expected learning outcomes are:
- A thorough understanding of the basic principles of DNA structure, replication, transcription and translation
- An understanding of basic chromosome structure, and the significance of chromosomal change in evolution and illness
- Development of the ability to carry out genetic analyses on data sets comprised of codominant genetic markers such as allozymes, microsatellites and SNPs, in order to quantify variation, gene flow and evolutionary divergence
- The ability to carry out complex genetic tests on genetic data for the purposes of forensic study
This course is an excellent accompaniment to postgraduate courses specialising in genetics, ecology, evolution or molecular biology.
The Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assessment topics will include genetic theory covered in lectures and laboratory skills and analysis taught in practical and lab project classes. This will be done via formal examination, and the submission of assignment completed throughout the semester. A report prepared in-part based on the laboratory component will emphasise the application of modern statistical techniques in the analysis of genetic variation for forensic study. Assessment is discussed with students and tailored to each individual student's needs. Theory is generally tested using formal examination and emphasis given to one major assignment.
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WorkloadThree lectures per week, and up to nine practical/tutorial sessions of three-hour each.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees. Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|4515||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person|