Students completing a Genetics major will be prepared for careers or advanced study which involve the application of fundamental genetics, genomics, evolutionary, population and ecological genetics to all areas of biology, biomedical sciences and biotechnology. Graduates will develop knowledge and skills in the theory of genetics and molecular biology, population genetics and evolution and in experimental design, data recording and analysis and scientific writing, which are essential preparation for roles in universities, research institutes, government departments, hospitals and in the biotechnology industry. This major will integrate knowledge across the breadth of genetics, including an integrated practical capstone subject in which the students develop an understanding of the application of experimental analysis to solving problems in biology. Students will gain experience preparing them for the workplace by participating in problem-solving, synthesis of information, written work, and independent as well as collaborative activities. The transferable skills developed in this major can be used in broad careers in science, including conservation, teaching, forensics, publishing, genetic counselling and research and in careers beyond the field of science.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major, students should be able to:
- Integrate understanding of genetic concepts and experimental approaches and apply it to biological systems at multiple scales of complexity from molecules to populations;
- Articulate key principles and methods in the discipline of genetics and examine the contribution of contemporary advances to the discipline;
- Critically evaluate and synthesise the scientific literature relevant to diverse and contemporary topics in Genetics;
- Conceptualise, design, and apply methods and experiments that address key genetic principles;
- Analyse and interpret data derived from direct laboratory and field experimentation, the scientific literature and from genomic databases;
- Work effectively, responsibly, ethically, and safely both as individuals and as part of diverse teams to address problems in genetics; and
- Communicate effectively genetic concepts and scientific research to diverse audiences.
Last updated: 1 December 2022