MOL2011 - Molecular biology: genes and their expression
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Science
Leader(s): Dr Priscilla Johanesen (Microbiology)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Topics include the molecular nature of nucleic acids and the mechanism by which they specify proteins; mutations and their consequences; the impact of viruses, mobile genetic elements and extranuclear organelle genomes on the genetic material of the nucleus; expression of genetic information and how it is regulated.
On completion of this unit students will understand the molecular nature of nucleic acids and the mechanism by which they specify proteins; be able to discuss the molecular basis of mutation and implications for genetic variation; understand the contribution and impact on the nuclear genome of viruses, mobile genetic elements and extranuclear genetic information; understand the diversity of mechanisms for control of gene expression and regulation. Students will acquire basic laboratory skills in molecular biological techniques and develop skills developed in the presentation of data and scientific ideas verbally, in writing, and through the use of computer-assisted learning.
Mid-semester test (45 min): 10%
Examinations (3 hours): 65%
Laboratory training: 15%
Syndicate sessions and assignments: 10%
Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour small group teaching or practical exercise per week