Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences


Associate Professor Timothy Cole



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Have a theoretical and practical understanding of the biological molecules which make up the blueprint of life;
  2. Describe the interactions of biological molecules which constitute essential processes in living cells;
  3. Acquire the basic technical skills essential for experimental molecular biology;
  4. Have a sound basis for advanced studies in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology in later years of the course; and
  5. Have the skills required to use the Internet molecular biology resources to complement conventional written information.


Theory examination (3 hours) (60%)
Practical course (30%)
Mid semester MCQ test (1 hour) (10%)

A pass in the final examination must be obtained to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

3 lectures per week and 3 hours laboratory per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in one of the following:
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours


MCB2011, MOL2011.

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