Course level





Biological Sciences School




One Semester

Class contact

1L, 2P, 2C


BIOL2202 or BIOL2902 and BIOL2006 or BIOL2106



Recommended prerequisite

Assessment methods

Major assignment, laboratory reports, final exam

Course coordinator

Dr Steve Chenoweth

This course is not currently offered, please contact the school.

Course description

This course will provide students with a foundation for understanding the genetic basis and evolution of traits that are influenced by both genetics and the environment. In many cases, such traits are due to a large number of genes and their genetic study requires a specialised approach. This course covers theory, methods and applications of quantitative genetics. With a strong emphasis on phenotypic microevolution, the course will cover the evolution of complex traits, such as life histories, morphology, complex behaviours and disease. The course centres around the study of two fundamental relationships; the genotype-phenotype map and the phenotype fitness map. We cover the predictive theories for evolution by natural selection and the measurement of evolvability and constraints. Approaches for genetic dissection of adaptive traits via Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) and Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS) will be covered as well as their application to the testing of evolutionary processes. Example topics include the evolution of life histories (e.g. ageing) and trade-offs, adaptive radiations, pleiotropy and its consequences, mutation and the maintenance of genetic variation. We use examples from non-model organisms and human disease. The human genetics component will be delivered by practising researchers from UQ's Diamantina Institute.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile