GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Genetics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit consists of lectures discussing the molecules involved in gene expression, DNA damage, mutation and repair, as well as control of cell number in higher organisms. Further, the lecture series includes molecular genetic mechanisms, technologies and transgenesis, accompanied by laboratory sessions that consolidate understanding and give practical experience in these areas.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) become knowledgeable in and have an appreciation for molecular genetic mechanisms and techniques, DNA structure, mutation and repair, gene function, transposition, transgenesis in animals and plants, immunogenetics, regulation of cell number, and bioinformatics and genetic resources; (2) have experience in critical thinking, experimental design, data analysis and reporting; and (3) gain an intermediate level of technical ability in the molecular sciences that prepares them for acquiring advanced skills at Level 3.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical sessions (30 per cent); (2) a mid-semester test (20 per cent); and (3) a final examination (50 per cent). 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 Daniela Ulgiati and Associate Professor Elizabeth Quail
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
12 points of Level 1 biology, six points of which must be SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
Note
Students in Albany are required to attend 3 laboratory classes in Crawley in week 12 of semester 2, 2016 in order to complete this unit. More information is made available via LMS.
Text

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

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