- Code BIOL2151
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
Honours pathway option (HPO)
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the key concepts in population, evolutionary and quantitative genetics including: the basis of genetic variation; heritability; Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium; roles of migration, mutation and genetic drift in evolution; inbreeding and inbreeding depression; epigenetics.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assignment 1 - Intro to Forensic DNA Analysis 15% (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Assignment 2 - Statistics of Forensic DNA Analysis 30% (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Assignment 3 - Quantitative Genetics 5% (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Assignment 4 - Evolutionary Genetics 5% (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final Exam (45%, LO 1-3) (45) [LO 1,2,3]
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Three lectures per week, and up to six practical/tutorial sessions of three hours each and up to six computer lab sessions of one hour each.
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