University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-Requisites: BIOL1020 or CHEE1001

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The discipline of Genetics has pioneered the core concepts underlying many diverse fields of biology - ranging from medicine, biochemistry and microbiology to ecology, evolution and environmental sciences. BIOL2202 Genetics is therefore a recommended second level subject for all students pursuing a biology-focused major. Employing a strong experimental component, BIOL2202 integrates classical concepts of inheritance, development and variation with modern molecular advances arising from the post-genomic era.

    Course Introduction
    In many respects Genetics is the nexus of the biological disciplines, continuing to pioneer many of the core concepts that transform our understanding in all other fields of biology, particularly medicine. BIOL2022 addresses Genetics from a modern molecular perspective by combining discussion of key advances in the field with the application of molecular genetic techniques that are essential tools in the modern biological sciences.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Understand the origin of the genetic code, comprehend the effects of mutation, and gain basic expertise in the analysis and interpretation of nucleotide sequences.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the molecular basis of inheritance and understand the various mechanisms that enable the transfer of genetic material.
    • Understand the role of gene regulation in cellular differentiation and appreciate the role of epigenetics in the long term modulation of gene expression as well as the potential role of epigenetics in guiding evolution.
    • Understand genetic screens, genetic interactions and molecular genetic analysis of simple and complex phenotypic traits.
    • Appreciate the central role of genetic variation both at the population and genomic levels in shaping evolution.
    • Integrate the broad concepts of this discipline in the context of Human Genetics and develop an appreciation of how these advances are perceived by society.
    • Apply key genetic techniques in the laboratory including manipulation of classic model systems.
    • Review and critique papers published in the field of Genetics.
    • Follow assessment completion and submission requirements, and accept the consequences associated with failure to do so.
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours


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