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Genetics & The Evolution of Life (BIOL10005)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeBIOL10005
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The objective of this subject is to familiarise students with modern concepts of genetics, animal and plant diversity and evolution.

Topics studied include the nature of variation, inheritance, genes and chromosomes, human genetics, DNA replication, gene action and expression, population genetics, selection, the genetics of speciation, molecular evolution, evolutionary biology and the origin of life, classification of organisms diversity of life, communities, ecosystems and the relationship of organisms to their environment, human impact, preserving habitats and genetic variation.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to understand:

  • the basic mechanisms of inheritance, recombination and mutation;
  • the structure of DNA, its replication and the molecular basis of gene action;
  • the nature of genetic variation in populations, natural selection, microevolution, reproductive isolation and speciation;
  • the evidence for the evolution of life
  • and apply the principles of classification;
  • the diversity of organisms and their relationship to each other and the environment; and
  • the basic concepts of population ecology, community structure and ecosystem.

Generic skills

Students should develop generic skills in:

  • manipulating laboratory equipment, in particular using microscopes and gel electrophoresis;

  • the recording of observations and the analysis and interpretation of data;

  • the statistical analysis of genetic data; and

  • accessing information sources and discerning use of the world wide web.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Credit cannot be gained for this subject and:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10003 Genes and Environment
Semester 2
12.5

Students who have passed BIOL10005 may not enrol into

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GENE10001 Genetics in the Media
Semester 1
12.5

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

  • work related to practical classes during the semester with a combination of assessment of practical skills within the practical class, written work within the practical not exceeding 500 words; and 2-3 short multiple choice tests (25%);
  • completion of regular tests on e-learning and skill workshop activities spaced at approximately fortnightly intervals throughout the semester, (3-4% each; total 20%);
  • a written assignment not exceeding 500 words (5%),
  • a 3 hour examination on theory and practical work in the examination period (50%)

Satisfactory completion of practical work is necessary to pass the subject (i.e. an 80% attendance at the practical classes together with a result for the assessed practical work of at least 50%). A pass (50%) on the examination is also necessary to pass the subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDawn Gleeson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x one hour lectures per week, a 1 hour tutorial per week, 2 hours of practical work per fortnight, a 1 hour skills workshop per fortnight and 4 hours per week of e-learning activities, independent learning tasks, pre lecture activities, skills workshop activities and post laboratory activities.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Additional delivery details

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Knox R B, Ladiges P Y, Evans B K and Saint R, Biology, An Australian Focus 5th Ed, McGraw-Hill, 2014

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

    Many second year subjects require the completion of this subject and BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms

    This subject involves the use of animals that form an essential part of the learning objectives for this subject. Please note: There are some non-dissection alternatives for those who have strong philosophical objections and these and other alternatives can be discussed with the subject co-ordinator.

    This is a joint botany, genetics and zoology subject.

    Required equipment - laboratory coat.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 12 July 2019