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Genetic Engineering (BIO394)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will provide the key knowledge required to genetically engineer animals, microorganisms and plants. Key skills gained by students will be how to: identify suitable genes using bioinformatics, modify and clone these genes into suitable delivery systems, select for genetically engineered organisms and phenotypically characterize them. Practical applications of gene transfer technology in agriculture, environmental management and medicine, will be emphasised.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, you should be able to:
1. List the cutting-edge technologies associated with molecular biology;
2. Describe the techniques used for the introduction, or inactivation, of genes in microorganisms, plants and animals;
3. Explain the practical applications of genetic engineering and caveats to its successful utilization

4. Utilize bioinformatics to obtain data from molecular databases
5. Acess, interpret and use data sets
6. Demonstrate in-silico skills essential for genetic engineering
7. Apply qualitative and quantitative problem solving skills relevant to molecular biology,
8. Communicate scientific findings through reports.

9. Genetically engineer animals, microorganisms and plants for basic experimental purposes and for applications in agriculture, environment, industry and , medicine;
10. Develop new processes and products for agriculture, animal and human health, the environment and industry.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; Computing workshops: 12 x 2 hour; Laboratory: 4 x 4 hr (during second non-teaching week)
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to deliver content information and develop practical skills through structured and semi-structured learning tasks. The structured tasks are the lectures of which there are two per week. The lectures are recorded and the video recordings are available on the LMS site. There is a textbook assigned to the unit (available from the Bookshop). The semi-structured learning tasks are embedded in the general and computing workshops. In the workshops you will gain experience in the design of appropriate methodology for genetic engineering and how to effectively report and communicate scientific data, all of which is underpinned by the lectures and workshops. During the workshops you will learn how to develop a genetic engineering approach and how you can use this approach to develop a genetically engineered organism.
Assessment The main objective of the lecture material is to develop an understanding of the main concepts and technologies of genetic engineering. Your level of understanding is assessed in three ways: through a workshop assignments (worth 50%) and through a final exam (worth 50%).
Prerequisites BIO282 Molecular Biology
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BIO212 Genetic Engineering may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Molecular Biology
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.


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