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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor David Smyth (Clayton); Dr Tan Fui Ching (Sunway)


This unit explores how genes control the unfolding of the body plan following fertilization, and genetic processes in organogenesis and tissue differentiation. A comparative approach is used, based on model organisms including yeast, Arabidopsis, a nematode, a fly and the mouse. The impact of genome sequence projects is highlighted. Implications for medicine (e.g. birth defects, tissue replacement) and animal and plant production (e.g. genetically modified organisms) will be explored. Experience in modern molecular and cytological techniques is offered.


Examination (3 hours): 50%
Practical reports: 35%
Written assignment (2,000 words): 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Prof David Smyth

Contact hours

5 hours per week (2 hours lectures, 3 hours practicals/tutorials)


GEN2041 or BMS2042 or MOL2011