Genetics and Genomics (MBLG2072)


This unit of study brings together traditional genetic analysis and modern molecular biology to study genetics of all life forms from humans and other complex multicellular organisms through to single celled organisms such as bacteria. Students will be introduced to complex modes of Mendelian inheritance, including those involved in human diseases. The molecular basis for different patterns of inheritance will be discussed. The interaction of genes and gene products will be illustrated by the examination of the molecular genetics of development. The application of genomics to the study of genetic variation, molecular evolution and gene function in humans and model organisms will also be described. In the practical sessions students will investigate the genetics of a variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms in order to illustrate concepts covered in the lecture material. Students will develop familiarity and competence with equipment used in molecular genetic analysis, bioinformatics, microscopy and statistical tests. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study, which can lead to a major in Biology, and successful completion of this unit of study is required in order to progress in the Molecular Biology and Genetics major.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week, one 2-3 hour practical per week, one tutorial every second week.


One 2 hour exam (50%), laboratory reports and quizzes (50%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

6cp of Junior Biology and (one of MBLG1001 and MBLG1901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry

12cp of Junior Chemistry


MBLG2002, MBLG2972, MBLG2102, MBLG2902

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.