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Unit Overview


The topics covered in this unit build on those presented in undergraduate units, and reflect cutting-edge developments in genetics and genomics, providing students with an understanding and knowledge of the discipline at an advanced level. Students develop and present a lecture on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings, and submit an assignment related to this lecture. The lecture highlights the research that has led to our current understanding of the topic.

The main academic objective of the unit is for students to gain an understanding and an appreciation of how the knowledge in a field of genetics and genomics progresses. Students' abilities in identifying and critically reviewing appropriate sources of the literature, critical thinking, data analysis, and interpretation of results are extended. Students also broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material unrelated to their research project.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) discuss recent advances in the disciplines of genetics and genomics; (2) develop the emergence of a scientific discipline in historical, technological and knowledge-based contexts, and present this information in the form of a lecture.; and (3) search and manage the acquired information, think critically, analyse data, and interpret results.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) oral presentation; and (3) exam. 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 Nicole Smith
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71520 Master of Biomedical Science
or 71540 Master of Health Science
or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II
or Enrolment in
Major(s) Genetics
or Major(s) Anatomy and Human Biology
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
Advisable prior study
undergraduate major in Genetics or equivalent
Contact hours
workshops: 12 hours
presentation sessions: approx. 6 hours (depending on number of students)
consultation with academic staff during presentation planning approx. 0.5 hours
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  • 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.