- Code BIOL2161
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Genetics, Biology
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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)
- Apply knowledge of the roles and functions of these processes to a range of problems and examples
- Predict outcomes when these processes are perturbed by mutation (genetic disease) or the use of inhibitors and drugs
- Elucidate differences in gene organization between prokaryotes and eukaryotes
- Interpret and analyse experimental and theoretical problems involving these processes
- Communicate experimental results and conclusions in a scientific manner.
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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Three lectures per week; six laboratory sessions of up to four hours each.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Genetics: a conceptual approach. (2017) Pierce, B. 6th edition
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