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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Rod Devenish


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 be able to:

  1. Describe basic recombinant DNA techniques and their application;

  1. Discuss how biological information is stored in databases and how to retrieve, manipulate and interpret this information;

  1. Explain the procedures for genetic manipulation;

  1. Summarise recent and emerging examples of molecular biotechnology;

  1. Discuss and evaluate regulatory and other issues arising from the use of new technologies;

  1. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills in recombinant DNA techniques;

  1. Apply appropriate computer softwares to retrieve and manipulate information from bioinformatics databases;

  1. Present data and scientific ideas verbally, as well as in writing.


Mid-semester test (45 min): 10%
Examination (3 hours): 60%
Practical work and assignments: 30%
A pass in both the final examination and practicals/small group sessions/tutorials must be obtained in order to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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



BTH3757, BMS2062