- One Semester or equivalent
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2022 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 2
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
Some background in biological and/or chemical sciences; e.g., biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology
Aims and objectives
This unit aims to discuss the key features of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structures; study the structures and functions of major biological molecules; examine the key concepts of biochemistry and genetics; introduce molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology; and to develop essential skills in basic microscopy, biochemistry and molecular analyses.
Unit Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe the central role of the genetic material, DNA, the flow of genetic information in the cell, and its regulation
2. Describe and apply some important principles and methods of analysis and manipulation of the genetic material, for diverse applications in biotechnology.
3. Discuss the structures and functions of select biologically important molecules and biochemical processes within cells/organisms.
4. Define innate and adaptive immune systems of vertebrates and examples of immune disorders, and investigate the applications of principles of immunology in medical and other areas of biotechnology
5. Conduct laboratory exercises where the theoretical knowledge in the above areas is applied to practical situations.