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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Priscilla Johanesen (Microbiology)

Synopsis

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.

Objectives

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.

Assessment

Mid-semester test (45 min): 10%
Examinations (3 hours): 60%
Practical work and assignments: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Priscilla Johanesen

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour small group teaching or practical exercise per week

Prerequisites

BIO1011 and BIO1022

Prohibitions

BTH2746, BMS1062