Biological Information Transfer

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biological Information Transfer

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CEM1000W or equivalent, BIO1000F and BIO1004S (or equivalent).

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to concepts of molecular genetics that are fundamental to molecular and cell biology. Topics covered will include genome organisation and gene structure of viruses, plasmids, bacteria (including plasmids), transposons, plants and animals; horizontal gene transfer, mechanisms of heredity; prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene structure and information transfer as applied to viruses, plasmids, bacteria, plants and animals; basic cell signalling in bacteria, plants and animals; principles of evolutionary genetics.

    DP requirements: 40% test average; 50% average for assignments; attendance at practicals.

    Assessment: Tests and assignments count 40%; practicals count 10%; one 3-hour paper written in June
    counts 50%. A subminimum of 40% in the examination is required.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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