- Code BIOL2162
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.
This course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of recombinant DNA technology. It has a focus on how biological processes can be exploited and manipulated for practical purposes, rather than how they operate in nature. The course also introduces some of the main problem solving skills used routinely in molecular biology. A wide range of methods and applications will be discussed including: polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA cloning, DNA sequencing, gene libraries, blotting techniques, expression of recombinant proteins, gene mapping, transgenic animals, and gene therapy.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Describe and apply methods and techniques used to manipulate DNA and generate transgenic (genetically modified) organisms
2. Design strategies for identifying and analysing genes and their function
3. Recognise the different requirements for gene expression in yeast, bacteria, plants and animals
4. Demonstrate practical skills used in molecular biotechnology such as PCR and molecular cloning
Assessment will be based on:
- 4 x workshop tests (25%; LO 1, 2, 4)
- Practical lab exercises (journal and report 25%; LO 1, 3, 4)
- Final exam (50%; LO 1, 2, 3)
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WorkloadTwo lectures per week, up to eight laboratory sessions of up to four hours each and eight one-hour workshops.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Brown, T.A. (2010) Gene Cloning and Analysis: an introduction (6th ed.) Wiley-Blackwell
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