The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

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?


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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 analysing molecular information via the internet.

7. The skills necessary for interpreting genetic data.


Content

  1. 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.

Assumed knowledge

BIOL2050Molecular GeneticsMolecular 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?FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1020005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019BIOL1001 and BIOL1002; or BIOL1040 and BIOL1070, including DNA theory and Mendelian genetics Gene structure: from bases to genomes The central dogma of molecular biology Replication Transcription Translation Protein modification Mutation Mendelian genetics Population genetics Cancer genetics. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1An understanding of the structure of DNA, RNA, chromosomes, nuclei and genomes.2An understanding of transcription and translation and an introduction into the processes controlling both.3An understanding of Mendelian and population genetics.4An understanding of cancer genetics.5The skills necessary for critically reviewing scientific papers and general media presentations on issues related to molecular biology.6The skills necessary for retrieving and analysing molecular information via the internet.7The skills necessary for interpreting genetic data. Formal Examination: ExamQuiz: Quizzes - On-lineWritten Assignment: Tutorial contribution Assignments CallaghanLectureFace to Face On Campus3hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0TutorialFace to Face On Campus1hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Exam

Quiz: Quizzes - On-line

Written Assignment: Tutorial contribution Assignments


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term