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BIO2219 Genetics

Semester 2, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus
Short Description: Genetics
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010999 - Biological Sciences not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 6 August 2021


Examiner: Ursula Kennedy


Pre-requisite: (BIO1100 or BIO1101 or BIO1204)


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, agricultural, food science, 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 and agricultural genetics are explored in detail including the genetic basis of human, animal and plant 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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Klug, W., Cummings, M., Spencer, C., Palladino, M. & Killian, D. 2019, Concepts of Genetics, 12th edn, Pearson, New York.
Pechenik, JA 2016, A short guide to writing about biology, 9th edn, Longman, Boston.

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 2019, Genetics – Analysis and Principles, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
Hartwell, LH, Hood, L, Goldberg, ML, Reynolds, AE & Silver, LM 2017, Genetics – from Genes to Genomes, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
Snustad, DP & Simmons, MJ 2016, Principles of genetics, 7th edn, Wiley, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Private Study 93.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 17 Aug 2021 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 20 05 Oct 2021 (see note 2)
ONLINE QUIZZES 20 10 12 Oct 2021 (see note 3)
ONLINE EXAMINATION 120 50 End S2 (see note 4)

  1. The examiner will advise the requirements for assignments.
  2. The examiner will advise the requirements for assignments.
  3. The examiner will advise the requirements for quizzes.
  4. 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.

  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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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.

Date printed 6 August 2021