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GEN2041 - Foundations of genetics

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Coral Warr


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2007 (Day)


Principles, concepts, organisms and techniques of genetics. Structure and organisation of genes, chromosomes and genomes. Cell division, Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, mutation, gene mapping, prokaryote genetics, chromosome variation and evolution, sex chromosomes, clinical cytogenetics. Illustrative practical exercises.


On completion of this unit students will understand the basic principles of inheritance in various organisms, particularly the application of Mendele's Laws. Students will have encountered the range of diverse organisms used in studying genetics and understand their common and unique features for the purpose of studying genetics (organisms include viruses, bacteria, fungi, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, including humans). Students will be able to describe the common chromosomal and molecular mechanisms that underlie inheritance and understand the basic structure of DNA, genes and chromosomes. They will have developed an awareness of the relevance and value of genetics to human society, as well as skills in data collection, data analysis and data organisation necessary in the preparation and presentation of scientific reports. Students will have developed problem-solving skills, including the use of simple statistical concepts for data analysis and interpretation. In addition, they will have mastered basic laboratory techniques, learnt the value of working with peers as part of a team and appreciate the principles underlying experimental design.


Examination (3 hours): 50%
Practical work (one mid-semester and one end-of-semester test, each of 50 minutes duration): 35%
Computer mapping project report: 10%
Weekly assignments: 5%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour combined tutorial/laboratory session


BIO1011 and either BIO1022 or BIO1042 + Recommended: Chemistry at VCE level or higher, MOL2011 (complementary unit)