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Unit Overview


This unit will provide a foundation in genetics discussing: the molecules involved in gene expression; DNA damage, mutation and repair; the control of cell number in higher organisms; molecular genetic mechanisms; transgenesis; and genetic technologies. Unit theory will be delivered in a flipped-classroom format, using pre-recorded lectures to deliver content. Students will be required to review material prior to workshops and laboratory classes. Practical experience will be obtained via laboratory sessions designed to consolidate understanding of key methods in genetic analysis.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Genetics; Molecular Life Sciences; Human Sciences and Data Analytics; Biodiversity and Evolution; Plant Biology major sequences
  • Level 2 core unit in the Genetics specialisation in the Medical Science major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) define and describe molecular genetic mechanisms and techniques, DNA structure, mutation and repair, gene function, transposition, transgenesis in animals and plants, immunogenetics, regulation of cell number, bioinformatics and genetic resources; (2) think critically, design, analyse and report experimental data; and (3) acquire intermediate level technical skills applicable to the molecular sciences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical assessments; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nina McCarthy
Unit rules
Successful completion of
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or SCIX1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Contact hours
pre-recorded lectures: 2 hours per week
laboratory classes: 2 hours per week
consolidation workshops: 2 hours per fortnight

Pierce, B. A. Genetics: a Conceptual Approach, 4th edn: W. H. Freeman and Co 2012

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