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BC2023 - Molecular Genetics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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The technology of molecular biology has had a major impact on every area of the life sciences, from medicine to ecology, so that knowledge of this area is now an essential component of degree programs in the biological and biomedical sciences. This is the foundation subject in molecular biology and provides a strong foundation in molecular biology for application in all fields of biology. It explores the structure of DNA, the mechanism of replication of DNA, genetic recombination and repair of DNA, transcription, translation, chromatin structure, comparison of eukaryotic and prokaryotic genome structure, the operon model, bacteriophage, viruses and techniques in recombinant DNA technology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Elements of gene regulation based on the operon model;
  • How bacteriophage and viruses have been important in the development of molecular biology;
  • How genetic information is stored and propagated;
  • The applications of recombinant DNA techniques and their potential in basic science, medicine, agriculture and biotechnology;
  • The central dogma of molecular biology.
To successfully complete this subject it is recommended that students complete BM1000 and BZ1001 prior to enrolment.
Prerequisites: CH1001
BC3022 AND PC3202


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer
Lecturers: Mr Ray Layton, Professor Alan Baxter, Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer, Mrs Eva Birosova, <Person not found>, Dr Elecia Johnston, Professor David Miller.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); (40%).

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