ECOLOGICAL GENETICS AND EVOLUTION RESEARCH PROJECT

EEE3PRJ

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

In this subject, students will apply knowledge and skills to undertake a small phylogeographic or phylogenetic research project focusing on a freshwater or terrestrial organism. The research project will be completed in small teams and will involve synthesising the current literature, developing a testable hypothesis, collecting, analysing and interpreting data, and presenting the research findings in oral and written formats. Students will develop essential skills in field sampling, molecular laboratory work and genetic analysis. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential, which entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now and in the future.



SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorZoia Hristova

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites GEN2EGE or GEN2EEG

Co-requisites EEE3EGE

Incompatible subjects GEN3EEG

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEvolutionary analysis, 4th edRecommendedFreeman S and Herron JC, 2007PEARSON EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL
ReadingsEvolutionary applications: Evolutionary approaches to environmental, biomedical and socio-economic issuesRecommendedLouis Bernatchez (eds)Wiley
ReadingsFrom DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal DesignRecommendedCarroll, SB, Grenier J, Watherbee S, 2004WILEY-BLACKWELL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critique and synthesise scientific literature from the field of ecological and evolutionary genetics to prepare a comprehensive literature review.

Activities:
Students prepare a literature review on their chosen topic of investigation, paying particular attention to the diverse perspectives that are addressed in the discipline literature. An extensive outline of the approach, desired layout and content of the written task are included in the prac manual. During a practical session, the students will be provided with information on how to complete the task successfully. The students are also provided with the marking schedule. The students can use feedback received on this task to improve the writing of their final project report.
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Design and discuss a research project and present a testable hypothesis and project plan as a team.

Activities:
In small teams, students perform semester long projects through all stages of experimental design, data collection, laboratory work, statistical analysis and report writing. Part of a practical session is dedicated to teaching the students what constitutes a good project design, students have access to demonstrators to mentor their projects and information is also included in the practical manual. As a team, students will present on the design and hypothesis of their project and receive instant feedback; students submit and independent final report.
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills
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03. Demonstrate good sampling techniques and apply advanced molecular genetics laboratory methods to generate and analyse experimental data.

Activities:
Students perform a semester long independent project through all stages of experimental design, data collection, laboratory work, statistical analysis and report writing. Students are required to participate in self organised field trips to collect samples in an ethical and responsible manner for their project. Instruction on this is provided during an excursion early in the course. Students will learn and apply a variety of molecular genetics techniques and statistical analysis in the practical classes.
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Personal and Professional Skills
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Analyse and evaluate genetic data using relevant statistical methods.

Activities:
Practical session on analysing genetic data using a range of population genetic and phylogenetic programs. The practical session includes: teaching the students about statistical concepts and appropriate analyses, as well as how to use the appropriate software guided by worksheets and access to demonstrators.
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Personal and Professional Skills
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05. Produce a grammatically correct, well structured, coherent and scientifically accurate scientific report based on independent research and analysis.

Activities:
Extensive detail of the project layout, structure and content of the report is included in the manual. The students also receive verbal instructions on how to perform all stages of the project via power point and verbal instruction. The students receive detailed feedback on their progress from demonstrators and academics throughout the semester to enable them to learn and improve.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

06. Present project results as a team and take part in group discussion.

Activities:
Extensive detail of the project layout, structure and content of the report is included in the manual. The students also receive verbal instructions on how to perform all stages of the project via power point and verbal instruction. The students receive detailed feedback on their progress throughout the semester to enable them to learn and improve. As a team, students will present on the results of their projects and participate in discussion of other groups projects.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorZoia Hristova

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature review (Introduction) and methods (1000 words)20 01
Genetics analysis worksheet (250)10 04
Statistical analysis worksheet (250)10 04
Major project report (2500 words; team work 10%; written assessment task 90%50 02, 03, 04, 05
Group presentation of results and discussion (500 words)10 06