Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Boag (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)


Gene structure and function, including the genetic code and its interpretation, the assembly of genes and chromosomal organisation, and the basics of the genetic flow of information from DNA to RNA to protein. Mechanisms of gene expression and regulation, gene replication and repair, and the causes and implications of genetic mutations. Molecular genetics and recombinant DNA technology for the manipulation of genes. Genomics and its applications in medicine and principles of gene therapy.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. have a theoretical and practical understanding of the biological molecules which make up the blueprint of life;

  1. be able to describe the interactions of biological molecules which constitute essential processes in living cells;

  1. will have acquired the basic technical skills essential for experimental molecular biology;

  1. have a sound basis for advanced studies in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology in later years of the course; and

  1. will have the skills required to use the Internet molecular biology resources to complement conventional written information.


Theory examination: 60%
Practical course: 30%
Mid semester MCQ test: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 lectures per week
3 hours laboratory per week


Must be enrolled in course code 2230, 3356, 3528, 3879, 3975, 3976, 4417.


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