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The subject emphasizes the molecular basis of gene structure and expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; the processes of DNA replication, mutation and recombination; the methods used for gene isolation, analysis; and application to genetic problems, an introduction to the fundamental genetic principles underlying development and the molecular evolution of genes and genomes.
Intended learning outcomes
Completion of this subject is expected to enhance a student’s: understanding of the molecular basis of gene structure, expression and regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; understanding of DNA replication, recombination and mutagenesis; appreciation of the organization of genes and genomes in a variety of organisms and the nature of molecular evolution; skills in solving problems and analysing data using a molecular genetic approach.
Completion of this subject is expected to provide students with the following skills which are transferable to new settings even though they have been acquired in the context of studies in Genetics: understanding how cross-disciplinary approaches can yield fundamental scientific knowledge; critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills to solve new problems; development of hypotheses based on observations; planning effective work schedules to meet deadlines for assessable work and; group and collaborative interactions.
Last updated: 9 September 2021