GENE500 Special Reading Unit

Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award within the School of Environmental and Rural Science or the School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

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Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Cedric Gondro (
Unit Description

This unit is project oriented. One or several aspects of animal breeding bioinformatics, evolution, population or quantitative genetics will be worked out in detail for a particular case. The activities include a literature review and/or analysis of a problem (eg. data analysis, scenario modelling, simulations) and reporting, all under close supervision. This unit is recommended for early postgraduate students to develop skills in scientific methodology, analytical methods and acquire in-depth knowledge of a specific topic in genetics.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignment 1 100%
Assessment Notes

Assessment can vary with each candidate Topic(s), mode(s) of presentation and assessment to be negotiated with supervisor.

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

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

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge, concepts and/or tools used in genetics.
  2. understand how to write critical reviews of the scientific literature; and
  3. use analytical and/or computational methods applied to genetics.

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

Students work on a specific topic of genetics or animal breeding, reviewing the current scientific literature and working on a case study which includes solving the problem and learning how to use computational tools for the task.

True True True
Communication Skills

Students orally present a critical discussion of the current literature and the results of their case study. Students also learn how to write literature reviews and how to write scientific papers.

True True True
Global Perspectives

Depending on the case study, students will examine e.g. breeding or conservation programs from around the world.

Information Literacy

Students are instructed and assessed on the use of scientific literature. Students are shown how to find and use a wide range of sources.

True True True
Life-Long Learning

Students are assisted in learning computational tools and methods that can be used in wider contexts than the unit itself.

True True True
Problem Solving

Students are taught how to identify a problem and how to solve it using a case study.

True True True