Molecular Genetics

Course code BIOL2050Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Molecular genetics is at the centre of contemporary biology and DNA technology is of increasing social relevance. The course provides the core information required for an understanding of molecular biology and genetics and will examine the role of genes in the storage of information. The central dogma of molecular theory will be examined in detail. The mechanisms of transferring information from generation to generation and replicating and reading the information will be discussed. Questions to be addressed include: What is a gene? What are genes made of and where are they located? How does a gene exert its effect? How is a gene mutated? How is a gene inherited? How are different genes maintained in a population?

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonsterate:

1. An understanding of the structure of DNA, RNA, chromosomes, nuclei and genomes.
2. An understanding of transcription and translation and an introduction into the processes controlling both.
3. An understanding of Mendelian and population genetics.
4. An understanding of cancer genetics.
5. The skills necessary for critically reviewing scientific papers and general media presentations on issues related to molecular biology.
6. The skills necessary for retrieving and analyzing molecular information via the internet.
7. The skills necessary for interpreting genetic data.
Content1. Gene structure: from bases to genomes
2. The central dogma of molecular biology
3. Replication
4. Transcription
5. Translation
6. Protein modification
7. Mutation
8. Mendelian genetics
9. Population genetics
10. Cancer genetics.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL1001 and BIOL1002 including DNA theory and Mendelian genetics
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Quiz - Tutorial
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL2050