GENE3370 Genomics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (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 advanced-level unit follows on from GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and looks at the information gained from whole genome sequencing programs and post-genomics technologies with respect to inheritance and genetic variation. Topics include comparative, structural, functional and applied genomics and the evolution and structure of genomes. In addition, students gain a comprehensive understanding of RNA genomics, organelle genetics, transcriptomics and epigenomics and develop an understanding of the ever-changing resources available to scientists to analyse genomes. Generic skills of teamwork, report writing, presentations, data analysis, interpretation of results and experimental design are developed. The unit prepares students for subsequent Level 3 units in the Genetics major, which can lead to opportunities in biomedical research, plant and animal biotechnology and breeding, medical and veterinary diagnostics, forensics, genetics counselling, and conservation biology, as the field of genomics crosses multiple disciplines in the life sciences.
Students are able to (1) gain advanced knowledge of genomic and post-genomic technologies, how genomes are analysed and the resources available to do this, and an appreciation of the similarities and differences of genome content in various organisms including model genetic organisms; (2) acquire practical skills used in genomics and extend their abilities in experimental design, problem-solving, critical thinking, data analysis, interpretation of results and reporting, which is achieved through lectures encompassing these topics, workshops in which current Genomics topics are presented and discussed by students, and laboratory sessions; and (3) learn how to clearly document results of laboratory work and calculations, using correct scientific nomenclature.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory assessments; (2) group assignment with marks for individual students; and (3) examinations: a mid-semester test and 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 Thomas Martin
Unit rules
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Contact hours
lectures/practicals/workshops/mid-semester test (45 minutes) : average 6 hours per week.
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