SLE341 - Ecological and Conservation Genetics


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour online class per week, 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester, 4 x 2 hour seminars per trimester, 1 x full day (7 hour) field trip.


In this unit students will cover the theory and practice of collecting and applying genetic data to ecological, evolutionary and conservation questions.  Students will learn how genetic data can be used to understand ecological and evolutionary processes that occur at the species, population and individual levels. Topics covered include population genetics, molecular approaches to behavioural ecology, molecular and adaptive variation, phylogeography, speciation and hybridization, conservation genetics, epigenetics and phenotypic plasticity. Drawing on examples from animals, plants and micro-organisms, students will apply their knowledge to specific problem based learning activities and will gain hands on experience in the statistical analysis of ecological genetic data.

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