Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Phillip Brook-Carter (Gippsland); Professor Sadequr Rahman (Sunway)


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: understand basic principles of recombinant DNA technology, appreciate their applications in medical and industrial settings, understand the use of biological databases for data storage and demonstrate skill in data mining, and acquire skills in analysis, interpretation and presentation of experimental data.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Phillip Brook-Carter

Contact hours

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

Off-campus attendance requirements

Optional 2 day residential school


BIO1722 or BIO1022, and BTH1802


BMS2062, MOL2022, BTH3757