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BC5101 - Advanced Genes, Genomes and Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to students only with permission of the Head of Discipline of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

An understanding of the function and regulation of individual genes is critical to our understanding of how genetic information (genotype) is transformed into the shape, size and type of an individual organism (its phenotype). This subject explores the diverse mechanisms of regulation in both prokaryote and eukaryote systems and the techniques used to explore them. The subject also describes how different cells differentiate and develop and introduces the molecular basis of embryology and genome evolution.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand how genetic information is coverted into the appearance of an organism;
  • To understand the mechanism responsible for the control of gene expression in a model system;
  • To compare gene expression in organisms.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Creative writing task - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (10%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve a pass mark (at least 50%) across the examination component of the subject AND Achieve a pass mark (at least 50%) overall in the subject (i.e. based on both practical and examination performance)

BC3101 AND GG3101


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coordinator: Professor David Whitmore, Professor David Miller
Lecturers: Dr Roger Huerlimann, Dr Peter Cowman, Dr Elecia Johnston, Assoc. Professor David Bourne, Professor David Miller, Dr Ira Cooke.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 30 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 4 hours practicals
  • 16 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.