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The subject introduces students to the molecular and cellular aspects of biological systems with particular emphasis on human biology. The course is arranged for students to generate an understanding of the molecular aspects of biology at the biomolecular, sub-cellular and cellular level. The genetic inheritance of traits is considered at the level of the individual and populations. This multi-disciplinary subject is co-taught by staff in the departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Genetics. There is particular emphasis on integration of these disciplines with students receiving both theoretical and practical knowledge of fundamental and frontier research and development in these areas. Students in the course will be extended through their participation in problem classes. They will write a major essay integrating the learnings with contemporary literature in the fields of genetics, molecular and cellular biology. Students will be mentored in this task by the course coordinator.
Intended learning outcomes
This multidisciplinary subject is expected to provide an understanding of:
- the building blocks of life;
- how the building blocks fit together in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and biological systems;
- the fundamental principles of genetic inheritance at the levels of individuals and populations;
- the experimental means by which the building blocks, cells and systems can be studied.
Completion of this subject is expected to provide students with the following skills and abilities:
- to interpret scientific literature
- to solve complex problems
- to integrate knowledge across disciplines
- to critically analyse scientific data
- to evaluate and combine diverse inputs in the writing of a literature review
Last updated: 2 December 2019