Genetic Applications

Learn how genetics can be applied to animal, plant industries and health sciences. Understand techniques and technologies for genetic applications including plant and animal management and breeding.

Course Code: BSC308
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
Get started!

Explore how Genetics can be Applied to Different Industries

Genetics can be applied to the following industries:

  • Horticulture
  • Health Sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Sciences
  • Environmental Management

Our ever increasing knowledge of genetics continues to change how we understand and tackle so many of the issues that confront us across all of these  areas. Our understanding of life science has been changed, and from that change we have developed a plethora of techniques and technologies to tackle problems  that vary from breeding plants and animals, to managing disease and environmental health.

Who is this Course for?

This course is a natural progression from our Genetics course. Genetics BSC207 will provide you with an understanding of theoretical genetics. This course builds on that understanding by broadening your awareness of where and how genetics is applied to real world problems in today's world. For anyone who deals with industries built on life sciences, this course has the potential to broaden the way in which you see and understand issues in your workplace.

This course has value as a professional development course for science innovators, plant and animal breeders, health and environmental management scientists, and others.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Inheritance Patterns and Non-Mendelian Genetics
    • Mendelian genetics
    • Mendel’s law of inheritance
    • Non- Mendelian genetics and inheritance patterns
    • Multiple allele traits
    • Codominance
    • Incomplete dominance
    • Pleiotropy
    • Inheritance tools
    • Pedigree
  2. Genetic Foundations
    • Nucleic acids
    • Structure of DNA
    • Genomic DNA
    • Genomic libraries
    • Complementary DNA
    • Generating cDNA libraries
    • Autosomal DNA
    • Mitochondrial DNA
    • Structure of mRNA
  3. Genetic Technologies
    • ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay)
    • Microarrays
    • Application of microarray
    • PCR (polymer chain reaction)
    • Gel Electrophoresis
    • Types of PCR
    • DNA sequencing technologies
    • Application of PCR and DNA sequencing technology
    • Bioinformatics
  4. Complex Genetic Inheritance
    • Polygenic inheritance
    • Gene conversion
    • Epistasis
    • Cytoplasmic inheritance
    • Infectious Heredity
    • Mosaicism
    • Sex- linked inheritance
  5. Epigenetics
    • Introduction
    • Histone modification
    • DNA methylation
    • MicroRNA
  6. Genetic Modification (Genetic Engineering)
    • Introduction
    • Gene editing
    • Genetic Recombination
    • CRISPR-Cas9
    • Cloning
    • Mutagenesis
    • Horticultural application of mutagenesis
  7. Genome Editing and Ethical Considerations
    • Introduction
    • Somatic vs Germline gene editing
    • Ethical considerations
  8. Genomics and Crop Development
    • Introduction
    • Uses of genetic technology in agriculture
    • Genetically modified plants
    • Types of genetic modification
    • Benefits of GM crops
    • Examples of different GM crops
  9. Genomics and Livestock Development
    • Genomics in livestock
    • Heritability
    • Trait selection
    • Cloning
    • Transgenic Animals
    • Other animal genomic programs
  10. Genomics and Human Health

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Review the basics of Mendelian genetics. Explain several non-Mendelian inheritance patterns and how they affect inheritance in plants and animals.
  • Explain the basic structure of DNA and mRNA and common methods laboratory methods.
  • Explain modern genetic technologies used to investigate DNA.
  • Explain more complex forms of genetic inheritance, including polygenic inheritance, gene conversion, infectious heredity, and epistasis and how they affect plants, and in some cases, human health.
  • Explain the basic concepts of epigenetics and discuss applications for epigenetics.
  • Explain genetic modification and highlight the methods by which this can be achieved.
  • Discuss the ethical consideration of gene editing.
  • Explain the use of genomics in crops.
  • Explain the applications of genomics in animals.
  • Explain the applications of genetic technologies in human health.

This course can help you expand on a fundamental knowledge of Genetics and grow your awareness of applications for genetics and genomics in real world.

Learn techniques used in genetic and genomics research, with coverage of genotyping, gene cloning, genome editing, engineering, and phenotyping and more. It provides a comprehensive coverage of the rapidly developing field of genetic application.

What will you be able to do when you finish this course?

When you finish this course you will understand how the recent developments in genetics that could impact agriculture, medicine, human health and food and crop production.

If you work in any of these areas, this course will help you stay on top of any new developments, improve decision making and will also increase your knowledge of this area immensely.

If you work in an industry that is relevant to genetics (eg. breeding animals, health care, horticulture, agriculture), this course will expand your awareness of practical applications that you may implement.

What makes this course a great choice?

This course is ideal for anyone who would like to understand more about genetics, studying in your own time, at your own paces, whilst being supported by your tutor along the way.

ACS Distance Education holds an Educational Membership with the ATA.
ACS Distance Education holds an Educational Membership with the ATA.
ACS is a Member of the Complementary Medicine Association.
ACS is a Member of the Complementary Medicine Association.
Member of Study Gold Coast Education Network.
Member of Study Gold Coast Education Network.
ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.
ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.
Since 1999 ACS has been a recognised member of IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre). A non-profit quality management organisation servicing education.
Since 1999 ACS has been a recognised member of IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre). A non-profit quality management organisation servicing education.
ACS is a Member of the Permaculture Association (membership number 14088).
ACS is a Member of the Permaculture Association (membership number 14088).

How can I start this course?

You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
If a student cannot submit their assignments for 6 months to ACS, they should advise the school to avoid cancellation of their student
registration. Recommencement fees may apply.

Simply click on the ENROL OPTIONS button at the top of this screen and follow the prompts.

You can see the course price at the top of this page. Click 'enrolment options' to see any payment options available.

You can pay by Credit Card, PayPal, Afterpay or bank transfer.

Yes! We have payment plans for most courses. Click 'enrolment options' to see the available payment plans.
We also have Afterpay that will allow you to pay for your course or payment plans in four instalments (if you are in Australia).

What do I need to know before I enrol?

There are no entry requirements that you need to meet to enrol in our courses, our courses are for everyone.
If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

You don’t need to purchase any additional resources to complete our courses.

We aim to teach you the essentials without you having to purchase any specific computer program.
We recommend that you have access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so that you can easily complete and submit your assignments.

You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

Yes, if you are enrolling in a Certificate or Advanced Certificate, you might be eligible for credits if you have evidence of your previous studies or relevant experience. More information is here.

We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course has been designed to cover the fundamentals of the topic. It will take around 100 hours to complete, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and anything else that is contained in the course. Our short courses are a great way to do some professional development or to learn a new skill.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

Yes, your tutor is here to help you. Simply post any questions you have in your portal or contact the office and we can pass on a message to your tutor.

We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $60 incl. GST for each exam.
More information is here

There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exam and you will be able receive your course certificate- a Statement of Attainment. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

Yes, our courses are built to be applicable for people living anywhere in any situation. We provide the fundamentals, and each student can apply their own unique flair for their own interests, region and circumstances with the one-on-one guidance of a tutor. There is also a bit of student directed research involved.

Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

ACS has an arrangement with OAMPS (formerly AMP) who can arrange Professional Indemnity from Australian and New Zealand graduates across all disciplines. Ph: 1800 222 012 or email

Who are ACS Distance Education?

ACS Distance Education have been educating people for over 40 years.

We are established and safe- we have been in education for over 40 years.
We are focused on developing innovative courses that are relevant to you now and what you will need to know in the future.
We are focused on helping you learn and make the most of your experience.
You can enrol at any time, you can work on your course when it suits you and at your own pace.
We are connected to many industry bodies and our staff participate in continuous improvement and learning activities to ensure that we are ahead of what learning is needed for the future.

Our courses are not accredited by the Australian Government. However many of our courses are recognised and held in high regard by many industry bodies.

Our courses are written by our staff, who all have many years experience and have qualifications in their speciality area. We have lots of academic staff who write and update our courses regularly.

How do I enrol my staff/ sponsored students?

Yes, you can do a request for a bulk enrolment and request an invoice on our Invoice Request Form

We can prepare an invoice, quote or proforma invoice. Simply complete your details on our Invoice Request form

We can arrange bulk discounts for your course enrolment, please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

Yes, we have many students who are in locked facilities, such as prisons or hospitals. We can cater by also offering paper notes at an additional cost.

What if I have any more questions or need more information?

We can assist you to find the right course for your needs. Get in touch with us via email ( call on +61 7 5562 1088 or complete our course advice form.

What if I change my mind?

Please get in touch with if you would like to be removed from our mail list.

If you would like ACS Distance Education to delete your information at any time (whether you are a customer or a prospective customer), please contact our privacy officer and we will process this ( ).

Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Need Help?

Take advantage of our personalised, expert course counselling service to ensure you're making the best course choices for your situation.

I agree for ACS Distance Education to contact me and store my information until I revoke my approval. For more info, view our privacy policy.