GENETICS 2520 - Genetics IIB: Function and Diversity of Genomes
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GENETICS 2520 Course Genetics IIB: Function and Diversity of Genomes Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1101 & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202. Students who enrolled in BIOLOGY 1101 only should contact the Course Coordinator to request permission to enrol Incompatible GENETICS 2202 & GENETICS 2521 Assumed Knowledge GENETICS 2510 Course Description Genetics IIB aims to build an appreciation of the power of genetic analysis. Building on the foundation concepts developed in Genetics IIA, topics include concepts in human genetics and genetic dissection of developmental processes. Genetics IIB also provides a foundation to modern genetics analysis of evolutionary processes, including the genetics of populations.
The practical component for this course draws from the MBS Prac A, Prac B and Prac C series. Refer to Current Students Online Enrolment information at www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au for information about enrolling in these practicals.
Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Coulson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Apply specific knowledge gained in one context to explain new situations in different contexts 2 Apply fundamental developmental biology principles to new situations 3 Understand the complications and limitations of genetic analysis in medical genetics 4 Understand fundamental population and evolutionary genetics principles 5 Apply population and evolutionary genetics principles and rules to new situations 6 Appreciate the requirement for mathematical modelling, statistical analysis and estimation in modern population and evolutionary genetics 7 Obtain hands-on experience in performing fundamental molecular and cellular biology techniques, including working safely and efficiently in a modern laboratory setting 8 Correctly analyse and interpret experimental results within the limitations of the experimental design 9 Communicate results and conclusions of experiments using recognised scientific communication frameworks (e.g. written report, oral presentation, poster)
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 8, 9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 7, 8, 9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7, 8, 9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7, 8, 9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7
Required ResourcesLab coat and safety glasses are to be supplied by student and worn in every prac class
Recommended ResourcesRecommended textbook: Genetics: A Conceptual Approach 4th edition (2012) by Benjamin A. Pierce, Freeman publishers
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average, 12 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).
Learning Activities SummaryLecture topics:
a) The power of genetics - Drosophila embryo development
b) The power of genetics - plant flower development
c) Disruption of the cell cycle can cause cancer
d) Focus on human and medical genetics
e) Quantitative traits - each allele has a small effect and many genes are involved
f) Population and evolutionary genetics
The tutorials aim to apply the principles and knowledge discussed in lectures to simple problems. Tutorials are structured around multiple questions that together address all levels of Bloom's taxonomy
The practicals aim to introduce central molecular and cell biology techniques, and require thorough analysis and interpretations of results obtained. Core topics include: antibody technology and applications (including analysis of gene expression), microscopy, recombinant DNA methodology, basic principles of experimental design. Further, optional topics include: analysis of protein:protein interactions, further principles of experimental design, further molecular and cell biology techniques.
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Exam 60% Take-home assignments 10% Short tests in tutorials 10% Assessment of Practicals 20%
Assessment DetailThe exam is worth 60% of the final mark and is held during the end-of-semester examinations period.
Assessment of content of practicals takes various forms and together comprised 20% of the total mark.
There will be a total of three assignment termed "Question Papers" (which are past exam questions that students complete in their own time). These will be equally weighted and together contribute 10% of the final mark.
Four of the tutorials will begin with a short test. Each test will be a single past exam question. The tutorial tests aim to give students feedback on their understanding of the lecture material throughout the semester as assessed under closed-book test conditions. They are also a strong incentive to keep up to date with the lecture material. A student's best three marks (equally weighted) of the four tests will contribute 10% of the final mark.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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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