- Class Number 3662
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Rod Peakall
- Prof Loeske Kruuk
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
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.
Examination Material or equipment
Non-programmable calculators are the only permitted materials. Complete all answers on the exam paper. Previous copies of exams are not posted by the University. However, sample exam questions and papers will provided within Wattle. Students with written approval from the School are permitted to bring an unannotated paper-based dictionary.
You are required to purchase the laboratory manual for this course at a nominal fee.
Although we do not strictly follow a textbook, where possible we refer students to the text adopted in BIOL2161: Freeman or Pierce, B (2014) Genetics a conceptual approach. 5th Ed Freeman, or Pierce, B (2017) Genetics a conceptual approach. 6th Ed (Both editions are appropriate). Copies of these and other relevant reading material are placed on short-term loan in the library.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Weeks 1-6 3x 1hr lectures per week, 1x 3 hr practical||Assignments 1 & 2|
|2||Weeks 7-12 3x 1hr lectures per week, 2x 3hr computer based tutorials TBA||Assignment 3|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Introduction to Forensic DNA analysis||15 %||24/03/2020||07/04/2020||1,2,3|
|The statistics of Forensic DNA analysis||25 %||21/04/2020||12/05/2020||1,2,3,4|
|Quantitative Genetics||15 %||19/05/2020||02/06/2020||1,3,4|
|Final Exam||45 %||04/06/2020||02/07/2020||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
One final exam, worth 45% of the total course marks. A minimum of 45% in this final exam is required to pass the course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Introduction to Forensic DNA analysis
For this assignment you are required to answer a series of questions on the content and outcomes of the practical sessions in weeks 1 to 4. You must provide these answers, using relevant literature with supporting references, in the digital template provided on Wattle. For full instructions, including details on the format and page limits for this assignment, please refer to the course Wattle site. Please note, that the return date of assessment is indicative only.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The statistics of Forensic DNA analysis
For this assignment you are required to prepare a scientific report that addresses the topic. The report will include statistical analysis, interpretation and use relevant literature with supporting references, as outlined in the assignment instructions. Please refer to the course Wattle site for the full instructions, including details on the format and page limits for this assignment. Please note, that the return date of assessment is indicative only.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4
For this assignment you are required to prepare a short report. The report will includes statistical analysis, interpretation and may require the use of relevant literature and supporting references, as outlined in the assignment instructions. Please refer to the course Wattle site for the full instructions, including details on the format and page limits for this assignment. Please note, that the return date of assessment is indicative only.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
This will be a 3 hr exam, scheduled by examinations in the final exam period. Non-programmable calculators are the only permitted materials. Complete all answers on the exam paper. Previous copies of exams are not posted by the University. However, sample exam questions and papers will provided within Wattle. A minimum mark of 45% on this exam is required to pass the course.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
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Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
In 2020 we require electronic submission for all assignments, including those assignments requiring hand calculations. Accordingly, all feedback and marks will be returned electronically.
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Resubmission of Assignments
It is not possible to resubmit assignments in this course.
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