Major/Minor/Specialisation !290AA-MAJ+1008 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Professor Jim Camakaris




On completion of this course students should have achieved:

  • a broad knowledge in the field of genetics;
  • a capacity to use experimentation in genetics to understand aspects of biology; and
  • a capacity to integrate various theoretical and experimental approaches to problems in genetics.

Areas of specialisation

The coursework and research components of this Postgraduate Diploma in Science enable students to further their knowledge in the following areas: classical genetics; the history of genetics; population and evolutionary genetics; ecological genetics; molecular genetics; and developmental genetics. Typical research projects study aspects of heavy metal detoxification mechanisms in plants and animals; copper metabolism in mammals and the role of copper in neurodegenerative diseases; gene regulation in fungi;; the ecological, evolutionary and molecular genetics of insecticide resistance; evolutionary genetics; and developmental genetics.

Structure & Available Subjects:

  • Discipline Core subjects (12.5 points);
  • Elective subjects (37.5 points);
  • Research Project (50 points).
Subject Options:

Discipline Core

Students must select one of:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2012


Students must select three subjects from the following:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Students can substitute up to 25 points of approved third-year level Genetics subjects if this is recommended by the stream coordinator.


Research Project

The research project is taken over two semesters and the assessment consists of a research proposal (30%) and minor thesis (70%).

Depending on the coursework subjects taken a student would normally enrol in a combination of Research Project subjects as indicated below to ensure they have completed 50 points by the end of the course.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Science

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