units

BMS1062

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (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.

Outcomes

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;
  2. Be able to describe the interactions of biological molecules which constitute essential processes in living cells;
  3. Will have acquired the basic technical skills essential for experimental molecular biology;
  4. Have a sound basis for advanced studies in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology in later years of the course; and
  5. Will have the skills required to use the Internet molecular biology resources to complement conventional written information.

Assessment

Theory examination (3 hours) (60%)
Practical course (30%)
Mid semester MCQ test (1 hour) (10%)

A pass in the final examination must be obtained to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 lectures per week and 3 hours laboratory per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in one of the following:
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours

Prohibitions

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