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BC3401 - Medical Laboratory Science Biochemistry Honours

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

Available to level 3 Medical Laboratory Science Honours students.

Following the elucidation of the complete genome of a number of different organisms the study of the function and regulation of individual genes has taken on greater significance. These lectures describe the diverse mechanisms of regulation in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes and the techniques used to study them. The lectures also describe how different cells differentiate and develop and introduces the molecular and genetic bases of embryology, immunology and cancer. The subject also includes a literature review and the presentation of a research proposal.

Learning Outcomes

  • to understand methods for studying gene structure and function and bioinformatics;
  • to understand the cellular and molecular bases of the immune response;
  • to understand the diversity of genetic regulatory mechanisms;
  • to understand the molecular bases of animal development;
  • to understand the molecular biology of cancer;
  • to understand transgenic animals;
  • undertake a critical literature review;
  • undertake a research project proposal development.
Prerequisites: BC2024
BC3101 MI3421 PP3451


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Professor David Miller.
Workload expectations:
  • 30 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 50 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (70%); practicals (20%); assignments (10%).

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