ANIML SC 2508RW - Genes and Inheritance II (Vet Bio)
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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 Coordinator: Dr Hayley McGrice
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate 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 Perform basic molecular techniques, genetic crosses, and chromosome spreads. 3 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
5 Describe the relationship between the environment, genotypes, and phenotypes. 6 Synthesise information and data and present the findings of an experiment or investigation in oral and written form. 7 Demonstrate skills in problem solving and critical analysis. 8 Demonstrate skills in 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) 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)
1,3,4,5 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
2,3,6,7,8 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
6,7,8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3,6,7,8 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
Recommended ResourcesGENETICS: A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH, 4th or 5th Edition
Benjamin Pierce, Freeman Publishers.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesInternal: 2 x 1 hour lecture or team based learning exercise per week as a block, 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week involving tutorial style questions and case based learning; 1 x 2 hour practical per week
This course will be co-taught with ANIML SC 2501WT Genes & Inheritance II & 2501RW Genes & Inheritance II (Vet Bio)
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 SummaryApproximately 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.
Specific Course RequirementsFailure to attend practicals (without an approved absence) will result in students being unable to submit and therefore receive assessment for that practical (i.e. the practical report). As the practicals contribute substantially to course learning outcomes, students must attend at least 80% of practicals.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents work in small groups (5-7 students) in their team based learning exercises and workshops. They also do a
presentation in pairs based on their research of a related topic.
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome TBL tests Formative & Summative Throughout
10% No 1,3,4,5,6,7 Group oral presentation Formative & Summative Mid semester 10% No 1,4,5,6,7 Practical Reports Formative & Summative Throughout
30% No 2,3,6,7 Final Exam Summative End of semester 50% Yes 1,3,4,5
Assessment Related RequirementsHURDLE 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 50% Yes Additional academic exam
Assessment DetailThe Assessment is broken down into Exam (50%) and Non-Exam (50%) components.
Team-Based Learning Test (Total weighting 10%): The 3 x 0.5 hour TBL tests will cover material presented throughout the semester to assist students with gauging their level of understanding thus far. These tests are taken both individually and as a team.
Group oral presentation (Total weighting 10%): students will present a 10 minute presentation in groups 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.
Practical Reports (Total weightings 30%): Students will undertake a 2 hr practical session each week which will be assessed using a variety of methods including full written practical reports, short answers, calculations, graphs and MCQs.
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 TBL tests.
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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