- Code BIOL2151
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Medical Science
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 and statistical analysis, as well as phylogeographic analyses. Other topics covered in brief include epigenetics and next generation sequencing.
Honours pathway option (HPO)
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
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 selection, migration, mutation and genetic drift in evolution.
2. Understand the range of molecular laboratory techniques used routinely in human forensic analysis and population genetic analysis including sex typing, DNA profiling and DNA sequencing.
3. Perform by hand, calculator and computer software the statistical analysis of genetic data relevant to forensic, conservation 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.
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.
Reports demonstrating laboratory and statistical analysis, literature search skills, critical evaluation and synthesis relevant to both the practical and theory components of the course (50%; LO 1-4)
Mid term & final exam to demonstrate understanding, interpretation and problem solving (50%; LO 1-4)
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Three lectures per week, and up to six practical/tutorial sessions of three hours each
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|20 Jul 2015
|07 Aug 2015
|31 Aug 2015
|30 Oct 2015