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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Terry Kwok-Schuelein


Topics include recombinant DNA technology; use of bioinformatic tools to handle biological data generated by DNA and protein sequencing; genetic technology and its application in biotechnology.


On completion of this unit students will: understand basic recombinant DNA techniques and their application; appreciate how biological information is stored in databases and how to retrieve, manipulate and interpret this information; understand the procedures for genetic manipulation. They will also appreciate recent and emerging examples of molecular biotechnology as well as have developed an ability to appreciate regulatory and other issues arising from the use of new technology. Students will acquire basic laboratory skills in recombinant DNA techniques and develop skills developed in the presentation of data and scientific ideas verbally, in writing. Students will be able to apply skills developed in using computer software to retrieve and manipulate information from databases.


Mid-semester test (45 min): 10%
Examinations (3 hours): 65%
Laboratory training: 15%
Syndicate sessions and assignments: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Terry Kwok

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week and one 3-hour small group teaching or practical exercise per week




BTH3757, BMS2062