BIOC3001 Molecular Biology
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online. Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
- 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.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Thomas Martin
- Unit rules
- (BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell or BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell) and (BIOC2202 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function or BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function)
- SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in or before 2004; SCIE3325 Molecular Biology
- 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)
- 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.