GENETICS 3111 - Genes, Genomes and Molecular Evolution III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code GENETICS 3111 Course Genes, Genomes and Molecular Evolution III Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 19 hours per fortnight Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites GENETICS 2510 & GENETICS 2520 or equivalent Incompatible GENETICS 3110 Course Description The DNA molecules that comprise the informational basis of inheritance in living organisms are collectively referred to as the genome. In this course the organisation, origin and mechanisms of change of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes are explored using cytogenetic and molecular genetic analyses. Topics include - structure and function of genomes and chromosomes; chromosomes in disease; genomics; genome evolution; interactions between nuclear, mitochondrial and chloroplast genomes; mechanisms for the generation and maintenance of diversity in eukaryotes; the roles of natural selection and chance as drivers of molecular evolution; molecular phylogeny.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jack Da Silva
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Knowledge at an advanced level of: the origin, structure, function and evolution of genomes and chromosomes; molecular phylogenetics; and the roles of chance, mutation and natural selection in evolution at the molecular genetic level 2 Understanding of, and ability to interpret data from, techniques used to sequence genes, visualise chromosomes, analyse genomic data and conduct evolutionary analyses of molecular sequence data 3 The ability to interpret the primary scientific literature in evolutionary genetics
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThis course will require the following texts and other resources:
- Copies of scientific papers (supplied by the lecturers)
- Practical manuals (supplied by lecturers)
- Practical Laboratories and computer suites
- Scientific equipment
- Lecture theatres and tutorial rooms
- Access to University Library
- Access to computers and internet
- Students must supply laboratory coat and safety glasses for their own use
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEvery week, there will be 3 lectures supported by 1 tutorial that developes material covered in lectures and one or two practicals that also develop material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
Yes or No
Learning Outcome Final Examination Summative 60% No 1,3 Practical reports Summative 40% No 1,2
Assessment DetailPractical reports– Chromosome structure & evolution (10% of course grade); DNA sequencing & PCR (10% of course grade); Molecular evolution (10% of course grade); Genomics (10% of course grade).
Marks are awarded after completion of the laboratory-based practical work for the quality of the written experimental notes and answers to questions included within the experimental handbook.
Final examination- This will be a three hour examination assessing any/all theoretical aspects of the course. The examination includes a limited choice of questions within each subject area.
SubmissionLate submission of assessments
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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