Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL215
Subject Name Introductory Genetics
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BIOL213
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence BIOL815
Assessment Practical Report 1 (10%), Mid Session Quiz (10%), Practical Report 2 (20%), Oral seminar (10%); Final Examination (50%).
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 3 hrs Lectures, 1 hr Tutorial, 3 hr Practicals
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Ren Zhang
Claire Stevens
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Ren Zhang
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
This subject covers topics including: Genetic variation in eukaryotic populations. Source of variation and techniques of measurement. Regulation of gene activity. Microbial genetics including transformation, conjugation and phage replication. Mechanisms for the rearrangement and exchange of genetic material including plasmids, recombination and transposons. Approaches for genetic engineering, including the cloning of DNA, screening of recombinants and the production of a recombinant protein.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Employ basic skills involved in microbial culturing, selection of mutations, plasmid transfer and chromosome mapping of bacteria,
2. Describe simple applications of molecular biology,
3. Describe the role of DNA, RNA and protein,
4. Describe the molecular basis of genetic variation,
5. Describe the mechanisms of genetic regulation,
6. Describe the mechanisms of inheritance in a range of organisms,
7. Describe the molecular basis of genetic engineering.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
Practical classes begin in Week 1. NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

Textbook Information
Russell P.J. (2013) IGenetics A Molecular Approach PNIE, Pearson Education Limited OR Russell, P.J. (2010) iGenetics (3rd Ed.), Benjamin Cummings.
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:

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