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QGEN401 Quantitative Genetics and Improvement

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Modern methods for quantitative genetics: basic concepts, genetic parameter and breeding value estimation, multi-trait evaluation, selection, analyses of genomic data, principles of breeding programme design, and New Zealand applications.

Quantitative genetics is critical to New Zealand's primary sector breeding programmes and increasingly important in the health and environmental sectors. Students are trained in genetic analysis techniques used in these sectors and are expected to be in high demand.

Paper title Quantitative Genetics and Improvement
Paper code QGEN401
Subject Genetics
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,583.82
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,508.13

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STAT 435
Students who have not passed STAT435 may be admitted with approval from the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Phillip Wilcox
Lecturers: Dr Michael Lee and Assoc Prof Mik Black, plus guest lecturers
Teaching Arrangements
13 two-hour lectures, plus one compulsory field trip
Recommended: Introduction to Quantitative Genetics Falconer, D. S., & Mackay, T. F. C. (1995)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop an in-depth understanding of commonly used methods in applied quantitiative genetics, underpinning statistical theories, and areas of application in New Zealand.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41