Conservation Genetics

Subject NRMT90004 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, and 36 hours of tutorials and presentations
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Introductory subjects in genetics [652-214 Principles of Genetics] and statistics [620-160 Experimental Design & Data Analysis] or equivalent.
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements:

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Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview: On completion of the subject, students should have an appreciation of the principles of conservation genetics and be able to critically assess, design and implement genetic conservation strategies for in situ and ex situ species conservation.

This subject will explore the theory and application of genetics in species conservation, including:

  • principles of evolutionary genetics of national populations;
  • genetic consequences of declining population size and fragmentation;
  • population structure and patters of local adaptation;
  • inbreeding, outbreeding, hybridization and their effects on fitness and population viability;
  • molecular and quantitative trait variation;
  • measurement of diversity, data analysis and interpretation; and
  • genetic management of populations for conservation, including case studies of both plants and animals.
Objectives: Information Not Available
Assessment: Examination of two hours duration (40%), two assignments of 3,000 words each (25% each assignment) and seminar presentation (10%).
Prescribed Texts: Information Not Available
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: The subject will provide the student with the opportunity to establish and develop the following generic skills:
  • problem solving and critical thinking skills;
  • the ability to use conceptual models to rationalize observations; and
  • an understanding of the changing knowledge base.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
Sustainable Forests

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