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Unit Overview


This unit aims to provide a clear, comprehensive, rigorous introduction to genetics and genome analysis. It provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts responsible for diversity of form, function and life responses found in all biological organisms. The principles of Mendelian, population, quantitative, cyto- and molecular genetics are considered, together with the implications they have for advancing understanding of human disease, plant/animal/microbe interactions, plant/animal/microbe physiology and metabolism.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of and appreciation for basic process of gene transmission, mutation and expression; (2) demonstrate knowledge of and appreciation for principal methods geneticists use; and (3) demonstrate knowledge of and appreciation for social and historical context in which genetics has developed.


This comprises a two-hour final examination (60 per cent) and continuous assessment tests throughout semester (40 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Lawrence Abraham
Unit rules
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics, GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 2 hours every second week
tutorials: every second week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.