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Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc)

  • B1380BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (MEDICAL, MOLECULAR AND FORENSIC SCIENCES)

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Title Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc)
Course Code B1380
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Genetics and Molecular Biology
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Genetics and Molecular Biology is concerned with the structure and function of molecules that are fundamental to life, namely DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites. This major provides the basis for the study of organism function from genes through to observable characteristics (phenotype), using cutting edge technologies. It also focuses on the importance of understanding 'Omics', including genomics, as well as the software tools needed to solve problems at the molecular level. These techniques have widespread application in all aspects of modern biology, including medicine, conservation biology, forensic science and agriculture. Building on the fundamental disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology, the major provides in-depth study of modern molecular science and introduces students to practical scientific techniques associated with gene and protein expression, and gene manipulation/genetic engineering.

Various career pathways can be tailored by taking Genetics and Molecular Biology with a second major in a field of interest. Students contemplating careers in medical research are strongly recommended to undertake a double major with Biomedical Science. This is also good preparation for entry into Graduate Medicine.
The Bachelor of Science (Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences) is a flexible degree with single/double major and major/minor combinations that builds deep understanding and practical experience in specific areas of expertise, and which provides opportunities for industry and community engagement. Studies can be undertaken in different specialisations or across other disciplines to broaden understanding of the way in which science operates in relation to the social, business, health and policy environments. This degree provides sound preparation for students aspiring to entry into higher level postgraduate courses such as medicine, or for research at Honours/PhD level.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes Knowledge
MLO1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of genetics and molecular biology.

MLO2. Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of molecular biology, including the processes involved in developing scientific knowledge.

Skills
MLO3. Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information related to molecular biology from a range of sources.

MLO4. Demonstrate well-developed experimental and technical skills by performing and analysing the outcomes of molecular laboratory investigations.

MLO5. Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills.

Application
MLO6. Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex genetics and molecular biology problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement.

MLO7. Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct as a member of the life science community.

Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge
CLO1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one scientific discipline.
CLO2. Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, including the processes involved in developing scientific knowledge.
Skills
CLO3. Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate scientific information from a range of sources.
CLO4. Demonstrate well-developed experimental and technical skills by performing and analysing the outcomes of scientific laboratory investigations.
CLO5. Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills.
Application
CLO6. Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement.
CLO7. Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct as a member of the scientific community.
Employment Prospects Scientific Research, Genetics, Biotechnology, Systems Biology, Systems Medicine, Government and Policy, Pharmaceutical Industry, Universities, Hospitals, Molecular Diagnosis, Scientific Sales and Marketing
Recommended Double Majors Animal Health; Animal Science; Biological Sciences; Biomedical Science; Clinical Laboratory Science; Conservation and Wildlife Biology; Crop and Pasture Science; Forensic Biology and Toxicology; Marine Biology; Mathematics and Statistics
Recommended Minors Applied Statistics; Bioinformatics; Biomedical Science; Forensic Biology; Marine Biology; Pharmacology; Plant Biology
Excluded Minors Molecular Biology
Main research areas Biomedical, Agricultural or Biological Sciences, Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Molecular Medicine, Systems Biology, Systems Medicine, Biochemistry
Further Information A fourth year of study is available in the form of an Honours year.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 9 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Select from the following:

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

VLS302 Professional Placement in Veterinary and Life Sciences - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement

Core Units - 15 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO152 Cell Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 180 places), S2-internal

Major Units - 24 credit points

Required Units - 21 credit points

CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BIO282 Molecular Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO247 Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO394 Genetic Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO356 Genetics and Evolution - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO390 Metabolic and Cellular Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO378 Systems Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

BIO246 Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS212 Medical Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Options - 24 credit points

Major 2 /Co-Major /Minor /General Elective

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