Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedSunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Phillip Brook-Carter (Gippsland); Dr Lim Siew Ping (Sunway - Semester One); Dr Song Beng Kah (Sunway - Semester Two)


This unit focuses on recombinant DNA methodology and genomics, which underpin commercial developments in the rapidly expanding biotechnology industry. Advanced techniques for gene manipulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, methods for genome mapping and sequencing, and techniques for investigating gene and protein function, including mutagenesis, RNA interference and expression profiling, will be considered. Industrial and research applications of these technologies, such as genetic manipulation of plants and animals, gene therapy, virus detection and typing, recombinant vaccine production and personalized medicine will be explored.


On completion of this unit students will understand the molecular basis of a wide range of techniques for gene manipulation, and genomic and proteomic analysis; apply their knowledge to the pursuit of current scientific problems in industry, medicine and research; be able to critically evaluate a variety of approaches to a particular scientific or industrial problem; demonstrate proficiency a wide range of techniques for gene manipulation and in the interpretation of data acquired by these techniques; and demonstrate advanced report writing skills.


3-hour end of semester examination: 50%
Critical analysis of scientific literature: 10%
Assignment (2000 words): 10%
Practical performance and report writing: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Phillip Brook-Carter

Contact hours

3 hours lectures per week and 36 hours practical work per semester.

Off-campus attendance requirements

A five day residential laboratory school.




BCH3031, BTH3757