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Genetics (6531.4)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
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Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science



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    • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (153904) - View
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    This unit is designed to introduce students to the broad concepts and principles of genetics, and integrate such knowledge into the broader framework of human biology, particularly issues to do with human health and society. While studies and examples on the genetics of other species will be considered, emphasis is given to human genetics, extending from early Module s that illustrate basic genetic principles. Topics to be considered include: Chromosomes, genes and DNA sequence (eg., basic structure and function); basic gene regulation; inheritance patterns; general mutational mechanisms; recombinant DNA technology applied to human health; specific human genetic disease and associated ethical issues.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. Describe key processes involved in the inheritance and expression of genes;

    2. Analyse biological problems and interpret them in terms of genetic concepts and principles;

    3. Achieve an appreciation of recombinant DNA technologies in modern genetics;

    4. Apply some qualitative and quantitative methods to themes in genetics;

    5. Understand roles for inheritance/genetic mechanisms in human health and disease;

    6. Consider ethical issues associated with genetic knowledge and progress.

    Contact Hours

    1 two-hour lecture and a two and a half hour practical/dry lab per week.


    483 Concepts in Biology

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