Genetics and Evolutionary Biology

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Genetics and Evolutionary Biology

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Genetics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Genetics and Evolutionary Biology is an introductory course that will provide foundational concepts in molecular genetics and evolutionary biology. Students will under the process of inheritance and mutation, population genetics, and evolutionary theory at the molecular, organismal and population level. Students will also learn commonly used genetic analysis methods and techniques employed by scientists. Course content will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, and online material.

    Course Introduction
    This course will instruct students in the fundamental concepts of inheritance, genetics, evolution and basic molecular techniques that are part of the experimental toolkits for molecular biologists, environmental scientsists and evolutionary biologists alike. The course builds on concepts, describing these fundamental processes at the molecular scale right through to whole organismal, population and ecological scales.

    Course Aims
    Defining and describing the molecular basis of inheritance and evolution, as well as the information that a gene provides to an
    individual, is essential to health-care practitioners, evolutionary biologists and environmental scientists.

    This course deals with the molecular basis of genetics, genetic inheritance and genetic analysis. It
    considers chromosomal inheritance, pedigree analysis, DNA mutation and repair, definitions of the gene, recombinant DNA technology, population genetics, evolution, modes of inheritance and biogeography.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Define and describe what a gene is, and the molecular nature of the gene
    2 Describe how it is inherited, and the evolutionary process
    3 Define and describe the regulation of a gene, specifically, its capacity for replication and repair, mutation and expression
    4 Describe how to analyse genetic material
    5 Obtain theoretical skills used in the analysis of human disorders including genetic diseases
    6 Describe the process and concepts of evolution
    7 Understand the Principles of inheritance and genetic exchange among populations
    8 Understand the basic principles of biogeography in the context of genetics and evolution

    Assessment Plan
    Test or quiz - Diagnostic Quiz 0%/0
    Test or quiz - Quiz 1 10%/20
    Test or quiz - Quiz 2 20%/25
    Test or quiz - Quiz 3 10%/20
    Exam - selected and constructed responses - End of Semester Exam 60%/100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.