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
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Priscilla Johanesen


Topics include the molecular nature of nucleic acids and the mechanism by which they specify proteins; mutations and their consequences; the impact of viruses, mobile genetic elements and extranuclear organelle genomes on the genetic material of the nucleus; expression of genetic information and how it is regulated.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the properties and composition of nucleic acids and the mechanism by which they specify proteins in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;

  1. Explain the molecular basis of mutation and implications for genetic variation;

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the contribution and impact on the genome of viruses, mobile genetic elements and extranuclear genetic information;

  1. Demonstrate knowledge in the diversity of mechanisms for control of gene expression and regulation;

  1. Acquire basic laboratory skills in molecular biological techniques and develop skills in the presentation of data and scientific ideas verbally and through written means.


Mid-semester test (45 min): 10%
Examinations (3 hours): 60%
Practical work and assignments: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

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



BTH2746, BMS1062