Gene Technologies (Previously Advanced Molecular Biology) - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - Invigilated Exam (50%) , Quizzes - quizzes, problems assignments (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,931.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 2,181.00

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the principles and methodologies of recently developed gene technologies and the application of these technologies to the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the development of new products through genetic manipulation. Topic areas include, but may not be limited to, detailed study of molecular biology techniques, particularly gene cloning and expression systems such as plasmids, construction and screening of genomic libraries, foreign gene transfer and expression systems in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, high throughput gene sequencing and microarrays and the use of gene expression profiling. How these emerging technologies are used to diagnose disease, develop therapeutics, new foods and transgenic crops will be detailed for students.

Please note below the On-Campus requirement dates at RMIT's Bundoora campus:

2017, Study Period 2:

  • June 19 - 23, 2017 - All Day*

2017, Study Period 3:

  • Nov 20 - 24, 2017 - All Day*

Please Note: In order to pass this unit students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final written exam.

*More details will be provided at the commencement of the relevant Study Period and available on Blackboard.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of many of the emerging techniques
  2. Understand applications of molecular and genetic technologies
  3. Understand how these can be applied in medicine, agriculture, diagnostics and environmental technologies.
  • Invigilated Exam — Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — quizzes, problems assignments (30%)
  • Report — practical report (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This unit assumes a level of knowledge in genetics, cell biology and biochemistry equivalent to at least the completion of a second year tertiary unit.

  • Some on campus attendance

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Basic molecular cloning technologies
2Regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes
3Genome editing
4Next generation of genome sequencingDNA sequencing technologies
5Introduction to bioinformatics
6Forensic application of molecular biology
7recombinant vaccines

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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