ANIML SC 2508RW - Genes and Inheritance II (Vet Bio)

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The nature and structure of genetic material and the role of genes in determining the characteristics of organisms. The basis of inheritance and utilisation of variation in breeding programs and natural selection. The relationship between genetics and the composition of natural and managed populations. The role of new technologies in genetic improvement will be discussed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 2508RW
    Course Genes and Inheritance II (Vet Bio)
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1510 & BIOLOGY 1520
    Restrictions Available to B Sc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only
    Course Description The nature and structure of genetic material and the role of genes in determining the characteristics of organisms. The basis of inheritance and utilisation of variation in breeding programs and natural selection. The relationship between genetics and the composition of natural and managed populations. The role of new technologies in genetic improvement will be discussed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Hayley McGrice

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Knowledge of 1) meiosis and Mendel’s Laws, 2) Mendelian inheritance and genetic crosses, 3) types of modes of inheritance, 4) genetic linkage, 4) recombination and genetic mapping, 5) types and sources of genetic variation, 6) genome organisation and evolution, 7) DNA structure and function, 8) gene structure and function, 9) gene expression and regulation, 10) basic molecular techniques, 11) generation and uses of genetically modified organisms, 12) population allele and genotype frequencies, 13) Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, 14) broad and narrow sense heritability, and 15) genetic selection.
    2 Ability to perform basic molecular techniques, genetic crosses, and chromosome spreads.
    3 Capacity to analyse data from genetic crosses and molecular experiments, to predict the outcomes of genetic crosses, factors affecting Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and selection, and to evaluate the results from genetic experiments.

    4 Explain how the role of genetics in animal and plant biological systems, in evolution, and in biological
    diversity.
    5 Comprehend the relationship between the environment, genotypes, and phenotypes.
    6 Develop ability to synthesise information and data and present findings.
    7 Improve skills in problem solving, critical analysis, team work and communication.
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3-5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6-7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1 x 2hr lecture, 1 x 2hr practical, 1 x 2 hr tutorial per week
     
    This course will be co-taught with ANIML SC 2501RW Genes & Inheritance II
    Workload

    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 Summary
    Approximately 1/3 of the lectures, tutorials and practicals address the principles of Mendelian inheritance, 1/3 of the lectures, tutorials and practicals address the principles of molecular genetics and molecular technologies, and 1/3 of the lectures, tutorials and practicals address the principles of population genetics and quantitative genetics.
     
    Specifically: 1) meiosis and Mendel’s Laws, 2) Mendelian inheritance and genetic crosses,  3) types of modes of inheritance, 4) genetic linkage, 4) recombination and genetic mapping, 5) types and sources of genetic variation, 6) genome organisation and evolution, 7) DNA structure and function, 8) gene structure and function, 9) gene expression and regulation, 10) basic molecular techniques, 11) generation and uses of genetically modified organisms, 12) population allele and genotype frequencies, 13) Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, 14) broad and narrow sense heritability, and 15) genetic selection.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Final Exam Summative End of semester 50%
    Yes
    1, 4, 5
    Mid-term tests Formative & Summative Throughout
    semester
    10%
    No
    1
    Oral presentation Formative & Summative Mid
    semester
    7%
    No
    1,3,4,5,6,7
    Team
    based Contribution
    Formative & Summative Throughout
    semester
    5% No 1,4,5
    Practical Reports Formative & Summative Throughout
    semester
    28% Yes 2,3, 6, 7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    HURDLE REQUIREMENT

    Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
    does not meet hurdle requirement?
    Details of additional assessment, if known
    Final Exam 40% Yes Additional academic exam
    Practical Reports 40% No
    Assessment Detail
    Description of Assessment: The Assessment is broken down into Exam (50%) and Non-Exam (50%) components.
     
    Final exam (Total weighting 50%):
    The 3 hour exam will aim to test students in all areas covered by the course, including those areas previously covered in the mid-term test.
     
    Mid-term tests (Total weighting 10%):
    The 2 x 0.5   hour TBL tests will cover material presented in the first 4 and 10  weeks of lectures
    to assist students with gauging their level of understanding thus far.
     
    Oral presentation (Total weighting 7%):
    Students will present a 10 minute presentation in pairs on the use of genetics and DNA biotechnologies in agriculture, animal science or medical science and address questions on their topic. Students are assessed by tutors and peers.
     
    Team based  Contribution (Total weighting 5%):
    Contributions at tutorials are judged by team peers  on a weekly basis (i.e. discuss, present and respond to tutorial questions)  and moderated by the tutors.
     
    Practical Reports (Total weightings 28%):
    Four practical write-ups are assessed. Practicals 1 and 4 are worth 5% each and only require short answers to the questions provided. Practical 2 is a full practical write-up and is worth 10%. Practical 3 requires calculations plus short answers to questions and is worth 8%.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.