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Unit Overview


This advanced-level unit follows on from GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and looks at the information gained from whole genome sequencing programs and post-genomics technologies with respect to inheritance and genetic variation. Topics include comparative, structural, functional and applied genomics and the evolution and structure of genomes. In addition, students gain a comprehensive understanding of RNA genomics, organelle genetics, transcriptomics and epigenomics and develop an understanding of the ever-changing resources available to scientists to analyse genomes. Generic skills of teamwork, report writing, presentations, data analysis, interpretation of results and experimental design are developed. The unit prepares students for subsequent Level 3 units in the Genetics major, which can lead to opportunities in biomedical research, plant and animal biotechnology and breeding, medical and veterinary diagnostics, forensics, genetics counselling, and conservation biology, as the field of genomics crosses multiple disciplines in the life sciences.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Genetics; Molecular Life Sciences; Human Sciences and Data Analytics; Plant Biology major sequences
  • Level 3 core unit in the Genetics specialisation in the Medical Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) gain advanced knowledge of genomic and post-genomic technologies, how genomes are analysed and the resources available to do this, and an appreciation of the similarities and differences of genome content in various organisms including model genetic organisms; (2) acquire practical skills used in genomics and extend their abilities in experimental design, problem-solving, critical thinking, data analysis, interpretation of results and reporting, which is achieved through lectures encompassing these topics, workshops in which current Genomics topics are presented and discussed by students, and laboratory sessions; and (3) learn how to clearly document results of laboratory work and calculations, using correct scientific nomenclature.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory assessments; (2) group assignment with marks for individual students; and (3) examinations: a mid-semester test and a 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 Thomas Martin
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Contact hours
lectures/practicals/workshops/mid-semester test (45 minutes) : average 6 hours per week.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.