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GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
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 elective
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical sessions; (2) a mid-semester test; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nina McCarthy
Unit rules
Level 1 12 Points Biology 6 Points of which must be or SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1019) or IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication (ID 5967)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
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.

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

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