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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Genetics; Molecular Life Sciences; Biodiversity and Evolution; Plant Biology major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Waters
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Contact hours
lectures/practicals/tutorials: average 6 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.