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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Genetics major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Genetics specialisation in the Medical Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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; (2) final examination; and (3) continual assessment tests. 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 Mark Cruickshank and Dr Belinda Kaskow
Unit rules
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I (ID 551)
GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Contact hours
2 lectures per week
3 hours of practicals per week
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