ECOLOGICAL GENETICS AND EVOLUTION RESEARCH PROJECT

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2020

Credit points: 15

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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorZoia Hristova

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesGEN2EGE

Co-requisitesEEE3EGE

Incompatible subjectsGEN3EEG

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Evolutionary analysis

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorFreeman S and Herron JC

Year2007

Edition/Volume4th ed

PublisherPEARSON EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL

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Evolutionary applications: Evolutionary approaches to environmental, biomedical and socio-economic issues

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorLouis Bernatchez

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherWiley

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From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCarroll, SB, Grenier J, Watherbee S

Year2004

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherWILEY-BLACKWELL

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Locate, evaluate and synthesise scientific literature from the field of ecological and evolutionary genetics.
02. Work collaboratively in a team to propose a testable hypothesis, design and conduct a research project.
03. Demonstrate good sampling techniques and apply advanced molecular genetics laboratory methods to generate and analyse experimental data.
04. Analyse and evaluate genetic data using relevant statistical methods.
05. Effectively communicate scientific information and research findings in written and verbal formats to a variety of audiences.
06. Present project results as a team and take part in group discussion.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorZoia Hristova

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 6.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Literature review (Intro) and methods (1,000-words) Annotated Bibliography (250-words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1
Genetics analysis worksheet (250-words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO4
Statistical analysis worksheet (250-words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO4
Major project report (2,500-words; team work 10%; written assessment task 90%)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Group presentation of results and discussion (500-words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO6