- 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 has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.
Genetics underpins many contemporary social issues in health and agriculture. Modern biology has been transformed by DNA sequencing of full genomes and the application of recombinant DNA technology to a range of problems, including inherited disease, cancer biology and drug development, evolution of pandemics, development of better crops, antibiotic action for example. Applying and evaluating genetic technologies relies on an understanding of the principles of molecular genetics, which will be covered in this course.
This course introduces 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, ranging from the human genome and genetic disease to genetically modified crops.
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:
- 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.
- 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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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 36 hours). 6 x 3 hours of practical sessions throughout the semester.
- Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions, both online and face-to-face.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Genetics: a conceptual approach. (2017) Pierce, B. 6th edition
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