Genetics and molecular biology - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assignments and Problem Sheets (15%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,019.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 2,269.00

Build your knowledge and understanding of traditional and molecular genetics and the molecular biology of organisms. The unit examines advanced aspects of genetics and inheritance at a phenotypic, population and molecular level. The topics covered include molecular biology of genes (gene structure and function), recombinant DNA technology, gene regulation, microbial genetics, mutation and DNA repair, physical analysis of genomes and genomics, population genetics and quantitative genetics, human genetics and the mapping of genes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this unit to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus: 

Study Period 2:

  • TBA

Study Period 4:

  • TBA

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

Students will gain knowledge capabilities through demonstrated knowledge of the key concepts of inheritance, molecular biology technologies though the application of knowledge of gene structure and function, gene regulation, microbial genetics, mutation and DNA repair, genomics, population genetics, quantitative genetics and the genetics underpinning development processes. They will specifically develop technical capabilities through the participation in a number of practical laboratory based exercises. These exercises will develop competencies in fundamental molecular biology, manipulations, including the extraction, purification, digestion, analysis and cloning of DNA fragments in prokaryotic systems. Their capabilities will be developed through their involvement in both individual problem solving exercises and in group problem based activities designed to use knowledge capabilities and technical awareness to tackle new problems in genetic and molecular systems that require in depth critical analysis and problem solving. Skills in communication will be developed during practical and laboratory based work and in the group problem based activities. Through a deeper understanding of genetics, molecular biology, aspects of the ethical perspectives in genetics and biotechnology, the student will develop an increased awareness of the environmental, social, ethical, legal and economic implications of genetics, decisions involving principles of inheritance and biotechnology.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this unit are:

  1. lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples
  2. completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practise in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding
  3. completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter
  4. private study, working through the unit as presented learning materials, and gaining practise at solving conceptual and numerical problems.
  • Assignment 1 — Assignments and Problem Sheets (15%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quiz 2 — Online Quizzes and Tests (20%)
  • Report — Practical Report and Quiz (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Or equivalents before starting this unit.

  • Some on campus attendance

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Assignments and Bacterial genetics
2Mutation, DNA repair and transposons
3Advanced eukaryote gene mapping - haploid genetics
4Changes in chromosome number and structure
5Regulation of gene expression in bacteria
6Eukaryote gene regulation
7Techniques in molecular biology & biotechnology
8Application of recombinant DNA technology
10Quantitative and population genetics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

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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