Warning! This subjects requires on campus attendance. Refer to Special Requirements for more information.

Subject details

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 subject 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 subject as presented learning materials, and gaining practise at solving conceptual and numerical problems.
    • Assignments and Bacterial genetics
    • Mutation, DNA repair and transposons
    • Advanced eukaryote gene mapping - haploid genetics
    • Changes in chromosome number and structure
    • Regulation of gene expression in bacteria
    • Eukaryote gene regulation
    • Techniques in molecular biology & biotechnology
    • Application of recombinant DNA technology
    • Genomics
    • Quantitative and population genetics
  • Study resources

    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Quizzes
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials
    • Other materials

      • Practicum
      • Practicum
      • Audio

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


Or equivalents before starting this subject.

Special requirements

  • AttendanceDetails - Students must attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus: More details will be provided at the commencement of the relevant Study Period and available on Blackboard.

Build your knowledge and understanding of traditional and molecular genetics and the molecular biology of organisms. The subject 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 subject to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus: 

Study Period 2:

  • Jun 25 - 29, 2018 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM*

Study Period 4:

  • Feb 04 - 08, 2019 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM*


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

  • Assignments and Problem Sheets (15%)
  • Practical Report and Quiz (15%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Online Quizzes and Tests (20%)