203210

Genetics and Evolution

This fundamental course for the biological sciences explores the genetic principles and evolutionary processes important for understanding the relationships among genetic diversity, phenotype variation, and biological evolution. Topics include sources of molecular genetic variation, the genetic basis of traits with simple and complex patterns of inheritance, evolutionary mechanisms and patterns, and molecular evolution.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.

203210

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

200-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Genetics

Course planning information

Course notes

Attendance at all laboratories and submission of all laboratory assessments is compulsory.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

Restrictions

Choose just one

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe and explain the principles and applications of Mendelian, quantitative, and population genetic analyses.
  • 2 Provide detailed explanations of the mechanisms by which evolution occurs and how these mechanisms have shaped the diversity of life on earth.
  • 3 Explain the relationship between genotype and phenotype and describe how the processes that underlie adaptation impact a broad range of biological study, from cell biology and biochemistry to conservation biology and medicine.
  • 4 Extract and interpret meaningful information from primary literature in the fields of genetics and evolutionary biology and form a scientifically informed position on bioethical, cultural, and social issues related to genetic and genomic applications.
  • 5 Describe and explain the principles and patterns of molecular evolution.
  • 6 Perform basic molecular laboratory techniques and analyses related to molecular genetic analysis and communicate results in written and verbal formats.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 4 5 6 15%
Test 1 2 3 20%
Written Assignment 4 5 6 15%
Written Assignment 6 10%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 5 40%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Highly recommended

GENETICS: GENES, GENOMES AND EVOLUTION

Author
MENEELY, PHILIP, HOANG, RACHEL, OKEKE, IRAK & HESTON, HESTON, KATHERINE
ISBN
9780198712558
Edition
1ST EDITION 2017
Publisher
OXFORD UNI PRESS

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