GENE3350 Evolution and Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Genetics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit focuses on the molecular genetics and evolution of genes involved in developmental pathways in animals and plants. Consideration is given to gene families that play roles in the development of organisms in diverse evolutionary lineages as well as to genes that control species-specific developmental programs. Topics also include the interactions between an organism's genes and its environment, resulting in changes to the genome that may become heritable.
Students are able to develop an understanding and appreciation of genes controlling developmental processes in eukaryotic organisms, and the influences of evolution and the environment on them.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an oral presentation; (2) examinations; and (3) laboratory work. 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)
Assoc Professor Martha Ludwig
Unit rules
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution
Contact hours
lectures/practicals/tutorials: average 6 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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