BIOL12107 - Genomes, Genetics & Evolution

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit focuses on the role of the genome in adaptive change in living organisms, particularly animals. It brings 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. The unit provides a link between molecular biology and other areas of biology including genetics, evolution, taxonomy, embryology and behaviour. The latter part of the unit focuses on various aspects of human evolution.


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


BIOL11099 Living Systems or

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 1 or

BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology

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 3 - 2019

Term 3 - 2019 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

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55% 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: Moodle site, student feedback
One student reflected in the feedback that they could not see extra information and a video about this year's assignment. The video was recorded and added to the echo360 with the appropriate post added to the General Discussion forum. Unfortunately, the General Discussion forum was hidden and although email was posted to everyone one student missed out on this extra information.
I will make sure that none of the Moodle items are unnecessary hidden.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle site, student feedback
One of the students thought that the assignment was due too close to the exam week and proposed to move the assignment closer toward the middle of the term.This year the assignment was moved back to week 11 to give the students a chance to learn more before getting into writing about genetics. They always had an option to complete it earlier which number of them did. Having the assignment later resulted in much fewer extension requests and very good feedback from other students.
I will keep the assignment due date in week 11 to allow students to strategically plan their submission. However, I will clearly explain my reasons for moving the assignment to week 11 to the students and urge them to look at their timelines and choose when to submit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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