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Unit Overview


This unit comprises modules on advanced techniques used in the molecular sciences. Students choose four modules relevant to their research projects. Each module consists of six contact hours of lectures and/or tutorials. Module topics include, but are not limited to, molecular structure (including visualisation, computer graphics and data analyses); methods in mass spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance; variations of the polymerase chain reaction and their specific applications, including next generation sequencing methods; computational modelling; chromatographic methods; informatics; Python programming and scripting; X-ray diffraction. Modules are offered according to staff availability and student requirements. The main academic objectives are for students to gain an understanding of advanced, cutting-edge techniques used in their fields of study, and develop their skills in critical thinking, problem solving and quantitative analysis.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) describe advanced, cutting-edge techniques relevant to their field of study and the application of these techniques and (2) critically evaluate the advantages, power, and information that can be gained from advanced techniques as well as realise their limitations.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) presentations—poster or oral; and (3) essays. 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 Charles Bond
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or 71540 Master of Health Science
or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science
or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
or Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II
or Successful completion of
Major(s) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
or Major(s) Chemistry
or Major(s) Genetics
Advisable prior study
undergraduate major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics
Contact hours
lectures and tutorials: 24 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.