Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe in writing different patterns of inheritance and interconnect the characteristics of plants and animals to their genetic basis;
2. Evaluate and predict the change in gene frequency from generation to generation in inter-breeding populations of plants and animals and to discuss and debate the use of evolution;
3. Determine the degree of inheritance of characters of plants and animals and initiate basic selection and breeding programmes.
Cell theory, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; Principles of genetics, cell divisions, meiosis, mitosis, genetic basis of variation continuous and discontinuous variation; Mendelian Inheritance Patterns of inheritance in qualitative and quantitative characters of plants and animals; Physical basis of inheritance and principles of cytogenetics and molecular genetics; Principles of gene mapping; Population genetics and behaviour of genes in populations and the process of evolution; Foundations of quantitative inheritance, basic breeding and selection systems; Basic theory of origins; Evolution and taxonomic classification of animals and plants.
Jones, R.N. and Karp, A. 1986. Introducing Genetics, John Murray, London.
Falconer, D.S. 1981.Introduction to quantitative Genetics, Longman, London
Continuous assessment 40%
Written examination 60%
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