Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

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, DNA replication, transcription, translation, gene expression, mutation and DNA repair, molecular genetic analysis, complex genetic disease, DNA testing, biotechnology and gene therapy.

Unit content

  • Introduction to genetics, cells, chromosomes and meiosis
  • Basic principles of heredity
  • Non-Mendelian inheritance patterns
  • DNA and chromosome structure
  • DNA replication
  • Transcription and RNA processing
  • Translation and the genetic code
  • Gene expression
  • Chromosomal and DNA mutations and DNA repair
  • Molecular genetic analysis and biotechnology
  • Genetic testing and gene therapy
  • Complex genetic disease

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (6 wks)
Laboratory session 3 hrs (6 wks )
Practical report 20%
Competency check10%
Exam: closed book60%

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