Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor John Bowman (Clayton); Dr Song Beng Kah (Malaysia)


Building on basic knowledge gained from completing second year Genetics units at Monash, or equivalent, this unit will incorporate recent information gained from genomic analysis involving a wide range of species, ranging from unicellular to multicellular organisms, including humans and close relatives. Relevant advances relating to the regulation of gene activity and its ability to control development and physiology at both the cellular and the whole organism level will be examined. Such information will increasingly be important in the 21st century for sustainable development of human civilization in concert with a healthy planetary environment. Students will acquire relevant laboratory skills involving techniques in analysis of gene function, including genomic analysis, computer assisted genetic database analysis and bioinformatics, molecular genetics, and forward and reverse genetics.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of recent advances in genetic knowledge gained from genomic analysis projects involving a wide range of species, ranging from unicellular to multicellular organisms;

  1. Understand both forward and reverse genetics approaches and the techniques used to understand gene function;

  1. Understand the main mechanisms by which genes are regulated by environmental and/or developmental cues;

  1. Demonstrate high-level skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation, and data presentation, and apply these in the preparation and presentation of scientific reports;

  1. Critically evaluate and summarise new discoveries from the scientific literature in genomics and molecular biology.


End of semester written examination: 50%
Mid-semester test: 10%
Practical reports, genetics problem solving exercises, independent genetic database analysis or critical literature review: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

5-6 hours per week (two lectures and one lecture/tutorial session per week for 12 weeks; one 3-hour practical session per week for 9 weeks)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


12 points of level two GEN, MOL, BMS or BTH units. Strongly recommended: GEN2052 or MOL2022.