GENETICS, HUMAN BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

BIO1GEN

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is an introduction to general genetics and human biology suitable for students intending to pursue further studies in these areas or as a one-semester terminal subject. Included is the history and importance of genetics in understanding human nature and in improving quality of life. Topics include the nature and functioning of the genetic message, the mechanics of inheritance, developmental and quantitative genetics, genes in populations, conservation and ecological genetics, human behavioural genetics and the significance of human genetic variation, genetics in larger evolutionary patterns, the origin of life, speciation, macro-evolution and the origins of modern humans.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJodie Young

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (third edition)PrescribedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2013
ReadingsGenetics, Human Biology and EvolutionPrescribedKlugPEARSON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognize and describe the stages of meiosis and mitosis in relation to chromosome movements during reproduction.

Activities:
Practical test(s) - short answer questions, Final exam (MCQ's) Practical quizzes, written assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

02. Recognize and describe DNA structure, DNA replication and the molecular basis of gene action and how these underpin the mechanism of inheritance.

Activities:
Practical test(s) - short answer questions, Final exam (MCQ's) Practical quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

03. Create a genetic hypothesis and/or test it using chi-square analysis.

Activities:
Scientific report(s), practical test(s) - short answer questions, final exam (MCQs) prac quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

04. Present results from a genetic inheritance experiment and interpret data and discuss results to produce a scientific report following guidelines given.

Activities:
Scientific report(s)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

05. Recognize and describe the principles of population genetics and their relationship to natural selection.

Activities:
Final exam (MCQs), practical test(s) - short answer questions Melb: Scientific report AW: Practical quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

06. Manipulate laboratory equipment such as: microscopes to observe and record genetic observations, micropippetors to record appropriate volumes per micropippette.

Activities:
Practical test(s) - short answer questions Practical quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

07. Recognise and/or use the explanations and interpretations that underpin the concepts of classical and Mendelian genetics, evolutionary genetics & molecular genetics.

Activities:
Final exam (MCQs), practical test(s) - short answer questions, scientific report(s) Practical quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Singapore, 2016, Week 37-43, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJodie Young

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 37 - 43
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures or Interactive Online Activities per teaching period delivered via face-to-face or online."

Practical Week: 37 - 43
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"15-hours of Lab-Based Practical Class per teaching period delivered face-to-face or as directed online learning."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end of semester examination (MCQ)45 01, 02, 03, 05, 07
Two scientific reports (500-600-words each)20 03, 04, 05
One 50 minute mid semester examination (MCQ)20 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07
Pre-practical online quizzes5 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07
Practical quizzies10 01, 02, 03, 06, 07

Singapore, 2016, Week 37-43, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJodie Young

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 37 - 43
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures or Interactive Online Activities per teaching period delivered via face-to-face or online."

Practical Week: 37 - 43
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays at night from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"15-hours of Lab-Based Practical Class per teaching period delivered face-to-face or as directed online learning."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end of semester examination (MCQ)45 01, 02, 03, 05, 07
Two scientific reports (500-600-words each)20 03, 04, 05
One 50 minute mid semester examination (MCQ)20 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07
Pre-practical online quizzes5 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07
Practical quizzies10 01, 02, 03, 06, 07