GEN2052 - Genomics and population genetics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kathryn Hodgins


Dr Kathryn Hodgins (Clayton)
Associate Professor Qasim Ayub (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


BIO1011 and one of BIO1022 or BIO1042, plus GEN2041




The structure, function, variation and evolution of DNA and of genomes are examined at both the individual and population levels in a range of organisms, including humans. Topics include: genome structure and approaches to genome analysis; genome projects and bioinformatics; functional and comparative genomics; evolution of gene families and movement of genes from organelle to nuclear genomes; genome variation between individuals and species and its applications in genetics; processes that change the genetic constitution of populations and species during evolution.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain how genes are organised in chromosomes and genomes and the implications of this for gene expression and function, how genomes are mapped and sequenced, how genes and genomes are analysed at a molecular level, and the uses of genomics in modern genetic research;
  2. Illustrate how DNA and genomes change and the implications of this for evolution and its uses in modern applications such as DNA profiling;
  3. Explain how genes behave in populations, describe concepts such as mutation and genetic drift, and illustrate how genetic variation can result in fitness differences that may drive evolution through the process of natural selection;
  4. Describe the relevance and value of genetics to human society;
  5. Demonstrate skills in basic laboratory techniques, in population genetics and genomics problem-solving and experimental design, and in data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation;


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Practical reports and lecture quizzes: 45%

Weekly problem sets: 5%

Workload requirements

  • Two 1-hour lectures
  • One 3-hour combined tutorial/laboratory session per week

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