School Of Science

Evolution and GeneticsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301253.1

Discipline: GENETICS

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Incompatible Units
300980 Principles of Evolution

300816 Cell Biology AND 300802 Biodiversity

About this Unit
This unit will ensure students are able to understand the core concepts in modern evolutionary theory and the central position that evolution plays in unifying all sub-disciplines of biology. It will also enable students to distinguish the major genetic mechanisms that underpin these theories and critically assess the general importance of genetics in the evolutionary process. In particular, students will gain an in depth knowledge on speciation and population divergence, origin of genetic variation, genetic drift and founder effects, natural and sexual selection, migration, mutation and coevolution, with a major emphasis on genetic mechanisms and the analytical techniques used to assess them. Students may be required to travel to a different campus to undertake this unit.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Laboratory coat and covered shoes for practicals

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