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

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1510 & BIOLOGY 1520 or 2 semesters of first year Biology
    Incompatible ANIML SC 2501RW
    Restrictions Available to BSc (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 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 diversity.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Benjamin Pierce, Freeman Publishers.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Internal: 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 2501RW Genes & Inheritance II

    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.
  • 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
    Individual & Team Revision Quizzes 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 Requirements

    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
    Assessment Detail
    The Assessment is broken down into Exam (30%) and Non-Exam (70%) components.

    Individual & Team Revision Quizzes (Total weighting 10%): Three online quizzes will cover material presented throughout the semester to assist students with gauging their level of understanding thus far.  These will be taken as individual and in teams.

    Group oral presentation (Total weighting 10%): students will present a 10 minute presentation in small 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.

    Late Submission
    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.

    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.

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