Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Genetics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOL 111

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5 - 6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7 - 8
  • Overview

    An introduction to the structure and behaviour of chromosomes, genes and DNA; and to the processes of heredity and the mechanisms by which genetic information is transmitted and expressed in animals (including humans), plants and micro-organisms. Introduction to population genetics and DNA technologies.

    Course content
    Genetics is a branch of biology that deals with heredity and variation. It is a central and unifying discipline in biology and allows us to understand how life can exist at all levels of complexity, ranging from the molecular to the population level.  Genetics is the common thread that explains the continuity of life from generation to generation. The increasing pace of genetic discoveries has become staggering over recent years and as we move forward into the twenty first century our knowledge of genetics will become an even more essential part of science and society.  The aim of this course is to give students a good grounding in the principles of genetics. The study of genetics is typically divided into transmission, molecular and population genetics, although overlap is found among these three areas. In this course we will cover transmission, quantitative, population genetics and molecular genetics, aspects of molecular biology, and bioinformatics.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • explain the key concepts underpinning genetics of inheritance, molecular biology technologies, gene structure and function, gene regulation, mutation and DNA repair, population genetics, bioinformatics and quantitative genetics.
    • describe Mendel's first and second laws and the basic structure and function of chromosomes, and stages of mitosis and meiosis.
    • analyse a population using the Hardy-Weinberg equation and explain the forces of evolution that influence genetic variation.
    • examine a genome using a range of fundamental genetic analysis and molecular biology manipulations, including the extraction, purification, digestion, analysis and cloning of DNA fragments.
    • identify and assess the social, ethical and economic implications of genetics.

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