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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJodie Young

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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Essentials of Genetics

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorKlug et al.


Edition/Volume9th Edition



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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Recognise and describe the stages of meiosis and mitosis in relation to chromosome movements during reproduction.
02. Recognise and describe DNA structure, DNA replication and the molecular basis of gene action and how these underpin the mechanism of inheritance.
03. Create a genetic hypothesis and/or test it using chi-square analysis.
04. Recognise and describe the principles of population genetics and their relationship to natural selection.
05. Manipulate laboratory equipment such as: microscopes to observe and record genetic observations, micropippetors to record appropriate volumes per micropippette.
06. Recognise and/or use the explanations and interpretations that underpin the concepts of classical and Mendelian genetics, evolutionary genetics & molecular genetics.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Singapore (PSB), 2021, Term L1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 2 - 7
One 36.00 h lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 2 to week 7 and delivered via blended.

PracticalWeek: 2 - 7
One 15.00 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 2 to week 7 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2-hour end of semester examination (2,000-word equivalent) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). Summative assessmentN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6
Online module components (1,100-word equivalent) Formative assessment as part of the learning cycle supporting the transition between on-line activities and face to face practicals. Approx. 100-words/quiz.N/AN/AN/ANo22 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
4 x Practical worksheets (1,000-word equivalent total ) Formative assessment as students show their understanding of the practical component. 4 practical sessions with associated worksheets (250 each).N/AN/AN/ANo28 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6