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ZOOL421 Essentials of Molecular Zoology

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Introduction to essential concepts and techniques in molecular genetics. Ideal introduction to research projects on gene expression or population/conservation/ecological genetics for those with minimal hands-on experience in genetics.

Polymerase chain reaction revolutionised research in the life sciences. The effects of this revolution can be felt across all sub-disciplines of contemporary biology; a general working knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of molecular biology is, therefore, often desirable to understanding scientific articles and answering research questions in animal science.

Paper title Essentials of Molecular Zoology
Paper code ZOOL421
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,348.60
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,967.53

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GENE 311, GENE 312, GENE 313, GENE 314, GENE 360
Limited to
BSc(Hons), MSc, PGDipSci
Suitable for graduates in the biological sciences who do not have much prior knowledge of genetics
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Mark Lokman

Teaching Arrangements

This postgraduate course contains a significant (individual) laboratory component. Lab work is done individually or in pairs, and requires for a minimum enrolment of 4 participants to be effective. The course will not be offered if this requirement is not met.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
The goal of this paper is to enable students to fully appreciate the power of molecular genetics and its use in answering scientific questions.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22