Whether you’re fearful or fascinated by genetic engineering, there’s no denying that it’s bringing unprecedented advances in science, medicine and technology. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to pursue career opportunities stemming from the genetic engineering revolution!
The Certificate of Genetic Engineering will explore how genetic engineering is applied in humans, animals and plants.
In this genetic engineering course, you will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of genetics and explore genetic technology, epigenetics, genetic modification and the important ethical considerations in genome editing.
You will also explore genetic engineering as it applies to crop and livestock development as well as advancements in human health.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation in the fundamentals of genetic engineering.
Unit - Genetic Applications
Unit 1 – Inheritance patterns and non-mendelian genetics
Traits: dominant or recessive
Genotype and phenotype
Mendel’s laws of inheritance
Law of dominance
Law of segregation
Law of independent assortment
Non-mendelian genetics and inheritance patterns
Multiple allele traits
Human blood type
Forked line method
Unit 2 – Genetic foundations
The basics of genetics
The structure of DNA
Different types of DNA
Applications of GDNA
Generating CDNA libraries
The difference between a genomic library and a CDNA library
The structure of MRNA
Unit 3 – genetic technologies
Using genetic application tool
Microarray process and analysis
A DNA microarray plate
Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array
Polymerase chain reaction
What is PCR?
How PCR is conducted
PCR ingredients and processes
The amplification of DNA
Reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR)
Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
DNA sequencing technologies
Next generation sequencing
Applications of PCR and DNA sequencing
Microbiology and virology
Mycology and parasitology
Food and agriculture
Unit 4 – More complex non-mendelian inheritance
Complex genetic inheritance
Crossing over of genetic material
Trinucleotide repeat disorders
Unit 5 – Epigenetics
What is epigenetics?
Mechanisms of epigenetics
Unit 6 – Genetic modification
Defining genetically modified
Gene editing: the next step in selective breeding
Alkylating agents & aromatic amines
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH):
Horticultural application of mutagenesis
Unit 7 – Genome editing and ethical considerations
Gene therapy and genome editing
Somatic vs germline gene editing
How can “good” and “bad” uses of gene therapy be distinguished?
Questions about GM foods and Health
Justice and equality
Potential of eugenics
Unit 8 – Genomics and crop development
Breed better yielding crop varieties
The study of genomics
Genetic technology in agriculture
Uses of genetic technologies
Evaluating and preserving germplasm
Predicting how crops will respond to stress
Looking at the effectiveness of fertilisers
Climate change and agriculture
Genetically modified plants
Types of genetic modification
Cisgenic and subgenic
Multiple trait integration
Benefits to developing countries
Hunger and poverty
Malnutrition and biofortification
Genetically modified cotton, canola and corn
Cut flower industry
GM sugarcane using crispr-cas9
Unit 9 – Genomics and Livestock Development
Genomics in livestock
Other animal genomics programs
Immune competence in cattle
Unit 10 – Genomics and Human Health
The human genome project (HGP)
Human health and disease
Genome wide association studies
Genetic risk factors
Polygenic risk score
Case study – disease detection – Covid-19
Case study – genetic mutation
Spinal muscular atrophy
Crispr non-therapeutic uses
Case study – genetic testing for cancer
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. 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;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
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!
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BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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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.