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BIO2219 Genetics

Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: John Dearnaley
Moderator: Ursula Kennedy


Pre-requisite: BIO1101 and STA2300


Genetics is the study of inheritance or how organisms use and transfer biological information during their lifetimes. An understanding of the principles of genetics is important for an informed awareness of many human problems related to genetic dysfunction. Furthermore, knowledge of genetics is necessary for students whose future professions involve the physiology, pathology, nutrition, microbiology and biotechnology fields.


The course presents the scientific basis of heredity. The course commences with a review of mitosis and meiosis, an overview of Mendelian genetics and introduces complex genetic traits and the effects of inbreeding. Next, the impacts of gene frequency changes on the evolution of populations are considered. Mapping the location of genes on chromosomes, chromosomal variation and the effects of mutations on gene expression are studied. Aspects of medical genetics are explored in detail including the genetic basis of human disease, DNA testing, genetic counselling, biotechnology and gene therapy.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the science of genetics and its relation to inheritance (All assessments)
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the field of population genetics (All assessments)
  3. understand the process of gene mapping, chromosomal variation and the impacts of mutagens on chromosome structure (All assessments)
  4. demonstrate an appreciation of the implications of inheritance in human health (All assessments)
  5. understand and explain practical problems in genetics (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Classical Genetics: gene & chromosome transmission 30.00
2. Population Genetics: genetic variability within populations 10.00
3. Molecular Genetics: mapping, expression & mutation of genes; the genetic basis of human disease 60.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Pechenik, JA 2013, A short guide to writing about biology, 8th edn, Longman, Boston.
  • Snustad, DP & Simmons, MJ 2012, Principles of genetics, 6th edn, Wiley, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Brooker, RJ 2012, Genetics ? Analysis and Principles, McGraw-Hill, New York.
    (ISBN 978 007 3525280.)
  • Hartwell, LH, Hood, L, Goldberg, ML, Reynolds, AE & Silver, LM 2011, Genetics ? from Genes to Genomes, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
    (ISBN 978 0073525266.)
  • Nero D 2011, Study Guide ? solutions manual to accompany Genetics - from Genes to Genomes, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Private Study 118.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 21 Jul 2015 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 20 21 Jul 2015 (see note 2)
2HR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 120 60 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. The examiner will advise the requirements and due dates for assignments.
  2. The examiner will advise the requirements and due dates for assignments.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //