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BIOC3001 Molecular Biology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Molecular Life Sciences; Biochemistry of Nutrition major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
The objective of this unit is to provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the concepts and methods used in molecular biology. The unit extends many of the topics introduced in SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell including DNA, RNA and protein synthesis; gene and genome structure and function, the regulation of gene expression, quality control mechanisms; bioinformatics; recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering. The practical work familiarises the students with techniques basic to molecular biology.
Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of, and recall and integrate, key knowledge and concepts about the molecular biology of cells and organisms including the molecular biology of gene expression on the transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post-translational level, and the molecular structure and function of genomes; (2) gain practical skills in the planning, preparation and execution of gene expression and gene regulation analysis on the molecular level using real time qPCR; (3) develop generic skills such as data analysis and interpretation and reporting of results in written, oral and other communication forms; and (4) develop interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) theory assessment (mid-semester test and end-of-semester examination); (2) lab assessments (lab book, lab assignment, lab performance); and (3) group assignment (student receives an individual mark). Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Thomas Martin
Unit rules
Successful completion of two Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
Contact hours
20 lectures (45 min each), 7 tutorials (45 min each), 5 laboratories (7 hours each), approx. 3 workshops (45 min each), mid-semester test (45 minutes)
BIOC3001 has a compulsory face to face laboratory component, which will need to be completed (at a later date) before a final grade can be awarded for the unit, if the unit is completed in an online mode.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.