• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Celeste Linde
    • Prof Rodney Peakall
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL2151
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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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 Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course,  students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the key concepts in population, evolutionary and quantitative genetics including: the basis of genetic variation; heritability; Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium; roles of migration, mutation.
  2. Understand the range of molecular laboratory techniques used routinely in human forensic analysis and population genetic analysis including sex typing, DNA profiling, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) detection and DNA sequencing.
  3. Perform by hand, calculator and computer software the statistical analysis of genetic data relevant to forensic, conservation, quantitative and evolutionary genetics, and summarise and interpret the outcomes.
  4. Search the literature to identify papers relevant to the genetic data sets provided for statistical analysis and integrate and evaluate the findings in written form.

Other Information

This course is designed for both students needing a solid grounding in the principles of population and evolutionary genetics, in order to pursue studies in genetics, ecology or evolution, as well as students who wish to gain a thorough understanding of the practical application of population genetics to human forensic DNA analysis, conservation biology and evolutionary biology. 

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 rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on

  • 4 Assignments (55%, LO 1-4)
  • Final Exam (45%, LO 1-3)

Note: PG students will also be assessed on an additional practical to BIOL2151 students, and criteria of assessment will be different for PG students in assignments.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Three lectures per week, and up to nine practical/tutorial sessions of three-hour each.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with BIOL2151

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4441 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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