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  • Objectives
    Students completing a Genetics major will be prepared for careers or advanced study which involve the application of fundamental genetics, genomics, evolutionary, population and ecological genetics to all areas of biology, biomedical sciences and biotechnology.



    Graduates will develop knowledge and skills in the theory of genetics and molecular biology, population genetics and evolution and in experimental design, data recording and analysis and scientific writing, which are essential preparation for roles in universities, research institutes, government departments, hospitals and in the biotechnology industry.



    This major will integrate knowledge across the breadth of genetics, including an integrated practical capstone subject in which the students develop an understanding of the application of experimental analysis to solving problems in biology.



    Students will gain experience preparing them for the workplace by participating in problem-solving, synthesis of information, written work, and independent as well as collaborative activities.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Biomedicine (Genetics)
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Biomedicine requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed in six or seven years part time.

    The core of the degree builds understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences. The integrated core program culminates in final year subjects that deal with contemporary issues in biomedicine and aspects of medical conditions from the molecular and cellular, right up to the population level.

    Depth within a particular biomedical discipline is achieved by completing 50 points (4 subjects) in a major at 3rd year level.

    In second year students are required to complete two selective subjects, which can be taken from the Bachelor of Science (provided pre-requisites are met).

    Students also take 75 points (one quarter of the degree) from otherdiscipline areas. These breadth subjects are designed to bridge disciplines, sharpening skills of logic, analysis and multidisciplinary problem solving.

    Year 1
    • Biomolecules & Cells
    • Chemistry for Biomedicine
    • Calculus 2
    • Breadth
    • Genes & Environment
    • Physics for Biomedicine
    • Experimental Design & Data Analysis
    • Breadth

    Year 2
    • Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
    • Principles of Genetics
    • Breadth
    • Integrated Human Structure & Function
    • Experiments in Genetics
    • Breadth

    Year 3
    • Biomedicine: From Molecule to Malady
    • Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics
    • Genes: Organisation & Function
    • Breadth
    • Frontiers in Biomedicine
    • Genetic Analysis
    • Human & Medical Genetics
    • Breadth

    Students completing a Genetics major will be prepared for careers or advanced study which involve the application of fundamental genetics, genomics, evolutionary, population and ecological genetics to all areas of biology, biomedical sciences and biotechnology. Graduates will develop knowledge and skills in the theory of genetics and molecular biology, population genetics and evolution and in experimental design, data recording and analysis and scientific writing, which are essential preparation for roles in universities, research institutes, government departments, hospitals and in the biotechnology industry. This major will integrate knowledge across the breadth of genetics, including an integrated practical capstone subject in which the students develop an understanding of the application of experimental analysis to solving problems in biology. Students will gain experience preparing them for the workplace by participating in problem-solving, synthesis of information, written work, and independent as well as collaborative activities. The transferable skills developed in this major can be used in broad careers in science, including conservation, teaching, forensics, publishing, genetic counselling and research and in careers beyond the field of science.

    Objectives:    

    By the end of this major a student should have:

        * knowledge of genes and genomes from the perspective of understanding population genetics, how evolutionary forces shape the gene pool, the impact of natural selection, and the processes of speciation;
        * understood how genomes are characterised and compared, how they are physically and genetically mapped and how this knowledge can be applied to understanding development, phylogenetics and human biology;
        * studied gene structure, function and regulation, which form the molecular basis of many important biological phenomena such as short-term organismal and cellular responses to rapid changes in environmental conditions and long-term controls of development;
        * used modern molecular approaches involved in combining classical genetics with recombinant DNA analysis and genomics and their application to specific biological problems;
        * applied laboratory techniques and analytical approaches in different areas of genetics including the analysis and interpretation of data derived from experiments;
        * gained experience in the written and oral presentation of scientific data and developed an appreciation of the scientific literature.

    Structure & Available Subjects:    

    This major consists of:

        * 50 credit points taken at third year level

    In order to complete this major, students have to complete second year pre-requisite requirements 25 credit points at the second year level.

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