Molecular Genetics

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Molecular Genetics

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    Molecular genetics is at the centre of contemporary biology and DNA technology is of increasing social relevance. The course provides the core information required for an understanding of molecular biology and genetics and will examine the role of genes in the storage of information. The central dogma of molecular theory will be examined in detail. The mechanisms of transferring information from generation to generation and replicating and reading the information will be discussed. Questions to be addressed include: What is a gene? What are genes made of and where are they located? How does a gene exert its effect? How is a gene mutated? How is a gene inherited? How are different genes maintained in a population?

    Learning Outcomes

    1. An understanding of the structure of DNA, RNA, chromosomes, nuclei and genomes.

    2. An understanding of transcription and translation and an introduction into the processes controlling both.

    3. An understanding of Mendelian and population genetics.

    4. An understanding of cancer genetics.

    5. The skills necessary for critically reviewing scientific papers and general media presentations on issues related to molecular biology.

    6. The skills necessary for retrieving and analyzing molecular information via the internet.

    7. The skills necessary for interpreting genetic data.


    Gene structure: from bases to genomes
    The central dogma of molecular biology
    Protein modification
    Mendelian genetics
    Population genetics
    Cancer genetics

    Assessment Items

    Formal Examination: Exam
    Quiz: Quizzes - On-line
    Written Assignment: Tutorial contribution Assignments

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.