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BC2023 - Molecular Genetics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

For students who do not have the required pre-requisites, please seek advice from the Discipline Academic Advisor to enrol

Molecular genetics and its associated technologies have 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 it provides the essential knowledge background for molecular and cell biology, with applications 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. It compares and contrasts the systems used by eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms. The practical aspects of this subject focus on applications of recombinant DNA technology and bioinformatics.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the central dogma of molecular biology;
  • describe how genetic information is stored and propagated;
  • describe elements of gene regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes;
  • describe how genes are expressed in prokaryotes and eukaryotes;
  • apply bioinformatics to examine the central dogma of molecular genetics;
  • apply recombinant DNA techniques and examine their potential in basic sciences, e.g.bioengineering and biomedical sciences.
To successfully complete this subject it is recommended that students complete BM1000 and BZ1001 prior to enrolment.
Prerequisites: BM1000at least 18CP of level 1 subjects
BC3022 AND PC3202


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer
Lecturers: Mr Ray Layton, Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer, Professor David Miller, Dr Ira Cooke.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 35 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.