|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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
Credit cannot be gained for this subject and:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|BIOL10003||Genes and Environment||
Students who have passed BIOL10005 may not enrol into
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|GENE10001||Genetics in the Media||
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
- 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 coordinator Dawn Gleeson Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 2 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 commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
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.
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.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Bachelor of Agriculture Major Production Animal Health Informal specialisation Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Major Sustainable Production Breadth track Genetics and Society Breadth track Human Genetics Breadth track Biotechnology Breadth track Ecology Breadth track General Genetics Breadth track Microbiology and immunology Breadth track Cell and Developmental Biology
- 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.