BMS1062 - Molecular biology - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc. Professor Elizabeth Davis


Associate Professor Fasseli Coulibaly

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


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.


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. Explain the "Central Dogma", the genetic flow of information from DNA to RNA to protein.
  2. Integrate the mechanisms controlling gene expression and regulation, gene replication and repair.
  3. Describe and explain the impact of genetic mutation in health and disease.
  4. Work individually and in teams to investigate recombinant DNA technologies and their applications in medicine and gene therapy.
  5. Navigate databases to extract information on genetic material and protein structure.
  6. Communicate in writing on concepts and theories in molecular biology.


  • 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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