Genetic Analysis

Subject GENE30004 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x one hour lecture per week; 1 x one hour tutorial per week; 1 x three hour practical per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours


All three of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Bachelor of Biomedicine students:


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus one of

MIIM20003 Experimental Microbiology (prior to 2013)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

For Bachelor of Biomedicine students intending to complete a Genetics major:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Charles Robin


Subject Overview:

The subject provides a capstone experience for students majoring in Genetics. It involves lectures and practical exercises which demonstrate advanced principles and techniques of genetic analysis from classical and population genetics to modern molecular technology. An emphasis is placed on student participation in experimental design and data analysis. Tutorials will be used to illustrate modern aspects of Genetics by the in-depth consideration of current publications in the field.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the subject, students should have: understood the application of genetic principles and different experimental designs in classical, molecular and genetic analysis; appreciated the advantages and disadvantages of these different designs; developed a detailed understanding of the techniques employed in experimental designs; experienced the use of particular laboratory techniques and analytical approaches in different areas of genetics; become proficient in the analysis and interpretation of data derived from their own experimentation and that of others; the use of bioinformatics to analyse complex genetic data; gained experience in the written and oral presentation of scientific data; and developed an appreciation of the scientific literature and how experimental results in Genetics are presented in publications.


Written assignments/problem solving tasks equivalent to a total of approximately 1000 words (15%); practical reports equivalent to a total of approximately 3000 words (30%) (The due dates for the written assignments/problem solving tasks and practical reports are distributed across the semester); Written report on a journal paper due late in the semester (20%) 20-minute oral presentation once during the semester (5%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (30%)

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Completion of this subject is expected to enhance the generic skills of a student in: the design and planning of work schedules to accomplish laboratory tasks; the ability to work collaboratively with others to accomplish common goals; the safe use of appropriate laboratory equipment and techniques for experiments; the assessment of data and its significance including statistical analysis and an ability to present data in the form of reports; the ability to communicate information both verbally and in writing; the application of computer technology for data retrieval, analysis and use of relevant information from the scientific literature; an appreciation of how modern science can be applied.


This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

This subject is available for credit in the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

This subject is required for a Genetics major.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Biotechnology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Molecular Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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