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.

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.