GENE210 Introductory Genetics

Updated: 14 October 2011
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)
Start Finish Attendance Notes
14 April 2012 17 April 2012 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites BIOL110 or BIOL110A and BIOL120 or BIOL120A or candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GENE210A
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Margaret Katz (mkatz@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The unit introduces the students to the principles of genetics and provides an understanding of basic concepts in genetics from the molecular level up to the population level. Topics such as structure, function and mutation of DNA, gene expression, transmission of genes, the inheritance of quantitative traits, genetic control of development and genetic structure of populations will be covered in this unit.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

An Introduction to Genetic Analysis

ISBN: 9780716768876
Griffiths, A.J.F. and others, WH Freeman 9th ed. 2008

Note: Or Klug and Cumming book

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Essentials of Genetics

ISBN: 9780321669995
Klug, W.S. and Cumming, M.R., Pearson/Prentice Hall 7th ed. 2009

Note: Or Griffiths book

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Practical 15%
Assessment Notes

Practical component. Students must successfully complete this assessment in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 4, 5, 6 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6

Problem Sets 15%
Assessment Notes

Students must successfully complete this assessment in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-6 GA:1, 4, 6

Unit Test 20%
Assessment Notes

Mid Term Tests (two). Students must successfully complete this assessment in order to pass the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1, 6

Final Examination 2 hrs 50%
Assessment Notes

Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-6 GA: 1, 6


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe the effect of gene interactions, linkage, variations on dominance, cytoplasmic inheritance and sex-linkage on the inheritance of traits;
  2. explain three steps in the expression of eukaryotic genes-transcription, RNA processing and translation;
  3. describe one mechanism by which gene expression can be regulated;
  4. list the different types of mutations, their causes and mechanisms for repairing mutations;
  5. list the factors that can lead to changes in the allele frequencies in a population;
  6. define quantitative traits and explain how quantitative traits can be improved through selection (breeding) programs.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
1
Knowledge of a Discipline

The unit introduces the students to the principles of genetics and provides an understanding of basic concepts in genetics from the molecular level up to the population level. The unit also introduces students to the design, performance and analysis of scientific experiments in genetics.

True True True
2
Communication Skills

Students will practice written communication skills by writing practical reports. Students will practice oral communication skills in tutorial sessions.

True True True
3
Global Perspectives

The students learn about differences in the frequencies of alleles and genetic disorders in different human populations.

True
4
Information Literacy

The students are required to learn how to use on-line resources and assessment tools.

True True True
5
Life-Long Learning

The assignments in this unit are designed to develop skills required for life-long learning. These skills include reading scientific articles and how to find scientific information.

True
6
Problem Solving

A main focus of the course is based on developing genetic problem solving skills and learning and applying their knowledge to solving scientific problems.

True True True
7
Social Responsibility

The students are exposed to the ethical issues involved in genetic testing.

True
8
Team Work

In the practical sessions, students will work in teams.

True True