Genetics is at the forefront of advancements in science, medicine and technology. And it involves how living organisms become what they are, and how we differ from one another and other species. It’s a complicated subject! This course is ideal for those after some basic insights into this discipline who work in forensics and law, genetic enhancements, diseases and treatments, or those who would simply like to learn more about their own health.
The Certificate of Geneticsis an online program that will give you an understanding of genetics and the universal principles, possibilities and complications of DNA-based life.
In this professional development course, you will study the scope, nature and history of genetics; the theories of Darwin and Mendel; cells, organelles and cell division; and the interaction between chromosomes and the interaction between genes.
You will also learn about mutations, genetic chemistry, DNA repair, recombination and developmental, and population and applied genetics.
On completion of this course, you will have learnt the fundamentals of genetics, including cellular function, traits, characteristics and heritability. Get set to join the genetic revolution!
Unit 1 - Introduction to genetics
Scope, nature and history
Darwin and Mendel
Mendel’s law of segregation
Mendel’s Law of Independent Assortment
Advances since Mendel
Important genetics terminology
Unit 2 - Cells, organelles and cell division
Organelles in the cell
Cell structure and function
Organelles in plants -Cell wall, Vacuole, Plastids
Organelles in plants and animals – plasma membrane, cytoplasm, ribosomes etc.
Genetic structures and materials
Cell division –meiosis and mitosis
Four stages of Mitosis
Gamete production in plants
Unit 3 - Interaction between chromosomes
Sex linked inheritance
Colour blindness example
Linkage and crossing over
Unit 4 - Interaction between Genes
Traits and gene expression
Unit 5 - Genetic chemistry
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Structure
Double Stranded Helix
Understanding the genetic code
Role of proteins
Transcription and translation
Post translational modification
Introns and exons
Reading the code
Unit 6 - Mutations
Point mutations (single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)
Point substitution mutation
Categories of gene mutations
How do mutations occur
Viruses or other microorganisms
Effect of mutations
Repair of mutations
Unit 7 - DNA repair and recombination
Methyl directed mismatch repair
Photoreactivation (Light dependent repair)
Unit 8 - Developmental genetics
Genetics are instructions for structures
Cellular organisation and differentiation
Model organisms used in developmental genetics
Why study developmental genetics
The human genome project
Genetic advances in birth defects
Gene therapy and cancer
Unit 9 - Population genetics
What is population genetics
Genetic variation within a population
How do we measure genetic variation
The Hardy Weinberg law
Evolutionary agents and their effect on population genetics
Movement of individuals between populations
Unit 10 - Applied Genetics
Set Genetics in breeding animals
Farm animal breeding
Genetics for breeding plants
Cloning -somatic cell nuclear transfer
Modifying organisms genetically
Agricultural applications for transgenics
Medical applications for transgenics
Transgenics to modify DNA in plants
Genetics in human health science
Diagnosis of disease
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
Professional development for those wishing to understand genetics and the universal principles, possibilities and complications conductive of DNA-based life.