GENE322 Genetics of Populations

Updated: 21 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
28 April 2019 30 April 2019 Mandatory Both on campus and online students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites GENE210 or GENE210A or EVOL211 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

On-campus enrolments will have face-to-face tutorials organised via the unit coordinator on commencement of the trimester therefore will not be displayed via central timetabling.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Eva Strucken (estrucke)
Unit Description

This unit provides an understanding of population genetics concepts and the mechanisms that underlie genetic and phenotypic variation. The unit is directly relevant to students interested in understanding evolution from a genetics perspective; how genetics affects populations and biodiversity; and in the use of the latest genomic technologies to study genetic variability from a population level (human, livestock or wild populations). Computer simulations and analysis of real data sets provide a hands-on approach to understand the dynamics of populations.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Prescribed Material


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

Principles of Population Genetics

ISBN: 9780878933082
Hartl, D. and Clark, A., Sinauer Associates 4th ed. 2007

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 20% 2000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3-5

Compulsory Report 20% 1500
Assessment Notes

Practical Reports

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3-5

Compulsory Workshop 10%
Assessment Notes

Open discussion

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply principles of population genetics to understand population structures and by doing so demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical/technical knowledge of the subject;
  2. demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical/technical knowledge of the genetic processes that occur in populations;
  3. demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical/technical knowledge of the new genomic technologies and their impact on population studies;
  4. demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical/technical knowledge of the evolutionary theory from a genetics perspective; and
  5. develop essay writing skills and by doing so demonstrate the ability to communicate information to others using written and verbal forms.