Course Outline

ENS325 Population Ecology and Genetics

Course Coordinator:Alison Shapcott (ashapcot@usc.edu.au) School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

Species live in populations. In order to understand how species survive in a changing world we need to understand their populations. The course gives a foundation in population ecology and genetics that is essential for conservation, restoration and invasive species management. You will develop field skills used to quantify populations and how they change, and learn key aspects of population genetics relevant to molecular ecology. You'll gain an understanding of population dynamics and develop skills in the analysis and interpretation of data in the study of population ecology and genetics and genomics.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – pre-recorded videos of learning content and instructions will be available online via media site 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – Self paced weekly tutorials to reinforce concepts and to learn analysis methods and data interpretation undertaken in computer laboratory 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Population ecology; Population genetics; measuring and defining populations: population growth; regulation of population growth; genes in populations; Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium; genetic diversity; inbreeding; selection

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Summarise, analyse and interpret population ecology and genetics data Creative and critical thinker
Empowered
2 Calculate estimates of population growth Knowledgeable
Empowered
3 Understand and apply the key concepts in population ecology and population genetics Knowledgeable
Sustainability-focussed
4 Apply population ecology and genetics concepts to conservation and restoration issues Ethical
Sustainability-focussed

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

ENS221 or ANM203 or SCI212

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Will have undertaken some scientific writing and data analysis at second year level

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will  be provided early feedback during class attendance at the computer laboratory sessions the completion of the allotted tasks and worksheet is then submitted each week one week after completion  to be marked these are returned the following week. The marks combined make up the assessment task 2

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Literature Review (or component) Individual 30%
2000 words
Week 9 Online Submission
All 2 Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece Individual 20%
100 x 10
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
2 hr
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Literature review
Goal:
This task is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of population ecology and or genetics/genomics and develop scientific writing, interpretation, analysis and presentation skills
Product: Literature Review (or component)
Format:
Each student is required to write a literature review presented in scientific format. A set of potential topics will be supplied and students will have choice in which they select to review. Instructions and supporting materials will be provided
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
review of relevant literature on a specified topic relevant to population ecology and or population genetics/genomics ;Writing within Scientific literature review format and presentation and synthesis of ideas
1 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Tutorial questions
Goal:
The tutorial question series allows you to review and apply practicalaspects ofpopulation ecology and genetic and reinforce materials covered within the course in an applied contexts
Product: Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece
Format:
Students to complete tutorial data analysis exercises and answer tutorial questions. To be submitted one week after tutorial completion. Each tutorial submission is of equal weighting and combined will result in 20% of the total marks. The specific tutorials to be submitted will be identified on Canvas and tutorial notes will be available on Canvas
Submit: week 1 to week 12 as specified
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Ability to perform data manipulations and demonstration of ability to interpret data correctly and answer specific questions
1 2 3 4
2
Demonstration of understanding of key concepts and theories pertinent to Population Ecology and Genetics and to apply them  to specific scenarios
1 2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 3:Exam
Goal:
Enable students to demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts in population ecology and genetics, undertake analysis, interpretation and synthesis of population ecology and genetics data and apply this to specific scenarios.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Format:
Each student will be examined based on material covered in lectures and tutorials for the course and the exam will be held in the normal examination period. The exam will contain short answer questions, data analysis and interpretation and an essay question.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstration of understanding of material covered in lectures and tutorials and ability to apply population ecology and genetics concepts to conservation and restoration scenarios
1 2 3 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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