• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alexander Maier
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL6161
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course covers the principles of molecular genetics, introducing the molecular mechanisms involved in the storage and expression of genetic information in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics to be covered include: genome structure and evolution, DNA structure and packaging; DNA replication and repair; transcription; regulation of gene expression; RNA processing; protein synthesis and the genetic code. These processes will be illustrated with case studies, focussing especially on the human genome and genetic disease.

The course includes a lab project that reinforces lecture material and introduces students to key strategies and techniques of molecular genetics.

Honours pathway option (HPO)

The honours pathway option is open to all students and involves participation in PeerWise, a web-based activity where students create, answer, rate and discuss multiple choice questions based on the course content.  To qualify for the HPO, a minimum number of questions and comments must be posted.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the basic processes involved in the expression of genetic information (DNA replication; mutagenesis and DNA repair; mRNA transcription and processing; gene regulation; protein synthesis; genome structure and evolution)
  2. Apply knowledge of the roles and functions of these processes to a range of problems and examples
  3. Predict outcomes when these processes are perturbed by mutation (genetic disease) or the use of inhibitors and drugs
  4. Elucidate differences in gene organization between prokaryotes and eukaryotes
  5. Interpret and analyse experimental and theoretical problems involving these processes
  6. Communicate experimental results and conclusions in a scientific manner.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

    • Laboratory reports to apply knowledge to experimental/theoretical problem (35%; LO 2, 3,  5,6)
    • Tutorial tests to demonstrate mastery and understanding of content  (20%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Final exam to demonstrate understanding, interpretation and problem solving (45%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6)

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    Workload

    Two lectures per week; six laboratory sessions of up to four hours each; up to ten  one-hour tutorials.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL1003 and BIOL1004 and CHEM1101. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL6161.

    Prescribed Texts

    Genetics: a conceptual approach. (2014) Pierce, B. 5th edition

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    Specialisations

    Fees

    Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

    If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

    Student Contribution Band:
    Band 2
    Unit value:
    6 units

    If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $3444
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $4590
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings and Dates

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    2418 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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