BIOC3001 Molecular Biology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.