• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Susan Howitt
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL2161
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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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.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements 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. Apply knowledge and research applications for example, in designing experiments or analysing examples from the literature
  7. Communicate experimental results and conclusions in a scientific report

Other Information

The Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

    • Laboratory reports to apply knowledge to experimental/theoretical problem (30%; LO 2,3, 5,6,7)
    • Tutorial tests to demonstrate mastery and understanding of content  (20%; LO 1-4)
    • Assignments - linked to the laboratory course to extend understanding and application of both theory and techniques learnt (20%; LO 3, 5, 6,7)
    • Final exam to demonstrate understanding, interpretation and problem solving (30%; LO 1-7)

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    Workload

    26 lectures per week, 6 laboratory sessions of up to four hours each, and 6 x one-hour tutorials.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL2161.

    You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

    Prescribed Texts

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

    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
    2018 $3660
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2018 $5160
    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
    2505 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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