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 (1) discover the principles of development in animals and plants, with a focus on Drosophila and flowering plant model systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the mechanisms behind the evolution of developmental innovations in animal and plant lineages, including changes in genome organisation and complexity; (2) assess alternative interpretations of data and assess conflicting evidence, and refine the ability to build and present an argument from an evidence-based position
; and (3) apply the technical and communication skills of a bench scientist through a series of integrated laboratory sessions, and improve skills in data analysis, data presentation and scientific writing by preparation of a final lab report.
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)
Dr Mark Waters
Unit rules
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution
Contact hours
lectures/practicals/tutorials: average 6 hours per week
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