Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Phillip Brook-Carter (Gippsland); Dr. Jasmine Hue Seow Mun (Malaysia)


In order to carry out any DNA manipulation a large variety of enzymes and specialised techniques are used. This unit will provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of the nature and use of the "tools of the trade" applied routinely by molecular biologists. This includes the management of biological databases. A wide variety of applications will be explored, ranging from human disease situations to genetic modification of crop species.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss basic principles of recombinant DNA technology;

  1. Select and apply practical techniques to achieve a range of experimental outcomes in molecular biology;

  1. Give examples of the applications of recombinant DNA technology in medical and industrial settings;

  1. Describe the use of biological databases for data storage;

  1. Demonstrate skill in data mining;

  1. Present, analyse and interpret experimental data.


Examination (3 Hours): 60%
Online bioinformatics project: 20%
Practical and tutorial exercises: 20%

Workload requirements

Three hours of lectures and two hours of practical/tutorial per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Optional 2 day residential school

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



BMS2062, MOL2022, BTH3757