GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 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 3 elective
This unit examines in detail the patterns of inheritance and the effects of genetic variation at the molecular level. It builds on the relationship between the nature of DNA and the inheritance of traits covered in GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I by exploring how genetic tools, such as markers and model organisms, are identified, developed and used to study the molecular basis of inheritance in humans. State of the art technologies used to analyse genes and their products are considered and practised.
Students are able to (1) acquire an advanced knowledge of molecular genetic mechanisms and how these are responsible for genetic variation and diversity; (2) become knowledgeable in the identification, development and use of genetic tools and resources, and will acquire hands-on experience using these; and (3) (after successfully completing the unit) expand their abilities in experimental design, problem solving, critical thinking, data analysis, interpretation of results and reporting.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical sessions, tests, worksheets and laboratory reports (50 per cent for all four components) and (2) 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 Mark Cruickshank and Associate Professor Daniela Ulgiati
Unit rules
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Contact hours
lectures/practicals/tutorials: average 6 hours per week
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