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BMS1062

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Prescott

Synopsis

Gene structure and function, including the genetic code and its interpretation, the assembly of genes and chromosomal organisation, and the basics of the genetic flow of information from DNA to RNA to protein. Mechanisms of gene expression and regulation, gene replication and repair, and the causes and implications of genetic mutations. Molecular genetics and recombinant DNA technology for the manipulation of genes. Genomics and its applications in medicine and principles of gene therapy.

Objectives

On completion of this unit students will:

  1. have a theoretical and practical understanding of the biological molecules which make up the blueprint of life;

  1. be able to describe the interactions of biological molecules which constitute essential processes in living cells;

  1. will have acquired the basic technical skills essential for experimental molecular biology;

  1. have a sound basis for advanced studies in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology in later years of the course; and

  1. will have the skills required to use the Internet molecular biology resources to complement conventional written information.

Assessment

Theory examination: 60%
Practical course: 30%
Mid semester MCQ test: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Peter Boag

Contact hours

3 lectures per week
3 hours laboratory per week

Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in course code 2230; 2341; 3356; 3404; 3528; 3804; or 3879.

Prohibitions

MOL2011

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

http://www.med.monash.edu.au/biomed/courses/BMS1062