GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Genetics major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Zoology; Botany; Agricultural Science major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit provides an introduction to understanding the principles of inheritance and the analysis of variation in all organisms. Prokaryotic, Mendelian, population, quantitative and evolutionary genetics are considered in lectures and practical exercises. The interactive laboratory classes are also used to examine methods used in genetic research, and are designed to promote experience in practising these methods.
Students are able to (1) discover the theory and concepts underlying the inheritance of traits in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Gain an appreciation of the social and historical context in which genetics has developed

; (2) apply the technical and practical skills used in genetics laboratories through a series of integrated laboratory practicals

; and (3) apply the technical and communication skills of a bench scientist by the critical analysis and data presentation of integrated laboratory sessions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a laboratory practical component (involving quizzes and a presentation on lab results); (2) tests; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Monika Murcha
Unit rules
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human or SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
GENE2204 Principles of Genetics, GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2 hours per week
Recommended and
required texts

Griffiths, A. J. F. et al. Introduction to Genetics Analysis, 11th edn: W. H. Freeman and Co. 2015 (supplementary)

Pierce, B. A. Genetics: a Conceptual Approach, 5th edn: W. H. Freeman and Co. 2014

Additional text

Nicholas, F. W. An Introduction to Veterinary Genetics, 3rd edn: Wiley-Blackwell 2010

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