The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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


  • 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.


  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

BIOL1001 and BIOL1002; or BIOL1040 and BIOL1070, including DNA theory and Mendelian genetics

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Exam

Quiz: Quizzes - On-line

Written Assignment: Tutorial contribution Assignments

Contact hours



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


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