BIOL12107 - Genomes, Genetics & Evolution

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, your study will focus on the role of the genome in adaptive change in living organisms, particularly animals. This will help you bring together recent advances in our understanding of the genome and the impact of these on the traditional areas of zoology, particularly those involving evolutionary processes. This unit will provide you with a link between molecular biology and other areas of biology including genetics, evolution, taxonomy, embryology and behaviour. In the latter part of the unit, you will focus on various aspects of human evolution.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


Any one of the following:

  • BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL11102 Life Science Laboratory
  • BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
  • BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 13.95% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Feedback
The lecturer was very helpful and provided exceptional support
The lecturer will continue to support students in completing their assessments and preparing for quizzes.
Action Taken
Done and extended to a higher level.
Source: Feedback
There was some confusion about whether the textbook was required (moodle) or not (unit profile).
The welcome message, lectures and book requirements specify that we are following the Klug book but everything they need is on Moodle and therefore they do not need to get the book if they do not want to. I think this was a misunderstanding and I will make sure I clarify it better next year in the welcome message and on Moodle. I will also make a separate video named "Do I need a book?" and put it on the front of Moodle page as many do not read the welcome message where it is explained.
Action Taken
This was implemented, however many students did not watch welcome and extra videos.
Source: Feedback from 2 students
Some students found the material overly complicated and difficult and asked that they be uploaded in the relevant weeks rather than all at once.
One student would like difficult lectures removed, but that was part of the curriculum and they were told (those who listened) that it was taken out of the exam. Still, this was the only lecture discussing heredity at a level higher than high school punnet squares. A second student did not like that the lectures are uploaded all at once, a method is requested by most students. The lectures will continue to be uploaded all at once as most students prefer the videos be available during the term.
Action Taken
This was continued as explained in recommendation.
Source: Moodle
Assessment support
Continue supporting students with feedback before the essay submission, and introduce additional Zoom-based writing workshops to ease the surge of last-minute requests for support.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Use correct terminology to describe genetics, genomes and evolution
  2. Discuss the concepts of heritability, mutation, development, Mendelian genetics, extranuclear and multi-allelic inheritance, the Hardy-Weinberg Law and related topics in quantitative genetics
  3. Explain the mechanisms of change in the genome including the concepts of genetic disorders adaptation and speciation
  4. Discuss behavioral and population genetics, socio-biology and ethics.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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