Genes, Chromosomes, and Populations

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Genes, Chromosomes, and Populations

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CELS 191 and 54 further points

  • 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

    Eukaryote genomes and genome evolution; phylogenetics; cytogenetics and chromosomes; extensions of Mendelian genetics; genetic mapping in eukaryotes; genes in populations; quantitative genetics.

    GENE 222 gives a broad coverage of all of the concepts that are central to modern eukaryote genetics. As such it is directly relevant for students with an interest in any of the biological sciences. The different parts of the course are linked by a common theme of genetic analysis and the use of specific examples to illustrate general principles. The lecture course is complemented by a laboratory course that gives hands-on experience of many of the methods that are used in genetic analysis of eukaryotes.

    Teaching Arrangements
    There are six weeks of laboratory classes, in three 2-week blocks, and students are assigned to one of two lab streams (Monday and Friday afternoons). Laboratory classes run from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm (room 201, Microbiology building).

    Course Structure
    The lecture course is divided into 7 blocks:
    - Eukaryote genomes and genome evolution
    - Phylogenetics
    - Cytogenetics and chromosomes
    - Extensions of Mendelian genetics
    - Genetic mapping in eukaryotes
    - Genes in populations
    - Quantitative genetics

    The lecture course is complemented by a laboratory course, which provides training in data analysis and relevant genetic methods, including Mendelian genetics and linkage, cytogenetics, working with Drosophila, genomics, population genetics and quantitative genetics.

    Learning Outcomes
    The broad objectives of GENE 222 are to understand:
    - Genomic variation within and between species
    - How to construct and interpret phylogenetic trees
    - The origins and diagnostic features of karyotypic variation
    - The extensions of Mendelian genetics
    - How to test alternative genetic hypotheses
    - How to map monogenic and complex disease genes
    - How evolution is explained by principles of variation, heredity and selection
    - Quantitative traits and the norm of reaction
    - Heritability, QTLs and their uses

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