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Unit Overview


This unit introduces and integrates knowledge on cell chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, foundational genetics and human heredity.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice; Integrated Dental Sciences; Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences; Medical Science major sequences

Students are able to (1) detail the chemistry and function of atoms, molecules, bonds and water in biological systems; (2) discuss macromolecule structure, function and roles in cellular processes; (3) explain the central dogma, eukaryotic cell cycle, mitosis and meiosis and significance for reproduction and genetic variation; (4) describe the human genome, structure of a gene, types of eukaryotic RNA and all stages in protein synthesis and control of gene expression; (5) define DNA variants and the relationship to protein structure and function; (6) explain the principles of inheritance of monogenic traits and relationship to chromosomes and genes; (7) describe the genetic basis of some common human chromosomal disorders; (8) acquire and explain basic techniques used to study molecules and cells; and (9) comprehend, analyse and solve calculations relevant to biomedical science..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) in-semester tests; and (3) practical session and self-directed learning assessments. 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)
Professor Liz Quail
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Major(s) MJD-IMSCP Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
or MJD-PHMSC Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences
or MJD-MEDSI Medical Science
IMED1001 Form and Function
Approved quota: 240—places allocated first to assured pathway students (MJD-IMSCP, MJD-DENTS, MJD-PHMSC). The remaining places will be allocated to students in MJD-MEDSI on a highest ATAR basis.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical sessions: up to 15 hours per semester
  • 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.