BIOL5542 Conservation Genetics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Botany; Conservation Biology; Marine Science; Zoology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit covers a diversity of advanced topics in conservation genetics, including population structuring of threatened taxa; provenance in restoration ecology; extinction processes; DNA barcoding uses and consequences, among others. The unit provides a background appropriate for future research in conservation biology, molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and marine, plant or animal biology. It is also directly relevant to industry such as natural resource management, environment and conservation researchers and restoration ecology.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) have a familiarity with the important literature and theories in conservation genetics; (2) develop critical thinking skills in interpretation of data and conclusions drawn in the international literature; (3) demonstrate a knowledge of the genetic tools and how to use them; (4) demonstrate a knowledge of genetic analytical methods and how to use them; and (5) develop a base of knowledge directly applicable to the student's current research or future research objectives.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written research project proposal and an oral presentation of the research project proposal; (2) an assignment based on tutorials and laboratory work; and (3) laboratory note book. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr. Jason Kennington; Assoc. Prof. Jacqueline Batley
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance or equivalent.
Advisable prior study:
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance or ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes or equivalent
Contact hours
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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