Unit description

Introduces students to the principles of molecular genetics with an emphasis on human disease and an understanding of the key concepts underlying the experimental techniques of DNA manipulations.  Topics include Mendelian genetics, chromosome structure, gene mapping, mutation and DNA repair, molecular population genetics, DNA testing, biotechnology and gene therapy.

Unit content

Topic 1: The cellular environment of genes
Topic 2: Genes are the unit of inheritance
Topic 3: Non-Mendelian inheritance patterns
Topic 4: DNA and chromosome structure
Topic 5: DNA replication and recombination
Topic 6: Transcription and RNA processing
Topic 7: Translation and the genetic code
Topic 8: DNA and chromosomal mutations
Topic 9: Molecular genetic analysis and biotechnology
Topic 10: Genetic testing and gene therapy
Topic 11: Complex genetic disease
Topic 12: The human genome and gene discovery

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Pierce, B. A, 2014, Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 5th edn, WH Freeman and Company, New York. ISBN: 146410946X.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hr (Wks 2,4,6,9,11,13)
Laboratory session 3 hrs (Wks 2,4,6,9,11,13)
Practical reports30%
Project report20%
Exam: closed book50%

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