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BC5101 - Genes, Genomes and Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular 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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
BC3101 AND GG3101


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor David Miller
Lecturers: Mr Ray Layton, Professor David Miller.
Workload expectations:
  • 30 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 4 hours practicals
  • 16 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); assignments (10%); practical exercises (25%).
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.