Molecular Biology & Genetics (Intro)

Course Information

These course outlines are a guide only. They are provided for the information of prospective students. Although every effort is made to ensure the most up to date information is provided, timetables often change each semester due to the availability of rooms and resources. Content (including lecture/practical topics, assessment and textbooks) is also regularly reviewed to ensure relevance and effective learning.

Unit of Study overview

The lectures in this unit of study introduce the "Central Dogma" of molecular biology and genetics -i.e., the molecular basis of life. The course begins with the information macromolecules in living cells: DNA,RNA and protein, and explores how their structures allow them to fulfill their various biological roles. This is followed by a review of how DNA is organised into genes leading to discussion of replication and gene expression (transcription and translation). The unit concludes with an introduction to the techniques of molecular biology and, in particular, how these techniques have led to an explosion of interest and research in Molecular Biology. The practical component complements the lectures by exposing students to experiments which explore the measurement of enzyme activity, the isolation of DNA and the 'cutting' of DNA using restriction enzymes. However, a key aim of the practicals is to give students higher level generic skills in computing, communication, criticism, data analysis/evaluation and experimental design.

The advanced component is designed for students interested in continuing in molecular biology. It consists of 7 advanced lectures (replacing 7 regular lectures) and 3 advanced laboratory sessions (replacing 3 regular practical classes). The advanced lectures will focus on the experiments which led to key discoveries in molecular biology. The advanced practical sessions will give students the opportunity to explore alternative molecular biology experimental techniques. Attendance at MBLG1999 seminars is strongly encouraged.

Course Coordinator Contact Details

Dr Dale Hancock

Room: 737/337

Telephone: 9351 1910/9351 3905

E-mail: dale.hancock@sydney.edu.au


1st Lecture (1 of the following 3):
Monday 9:00am-10:00am, Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Tuesday 9:00am-10:00am, Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Tuesday 2:00pm-3:00pm, Carslaw Lecture Theatre 159

2nd Lecture (1 of the following 3):
Thursday 9:00am-10:00am, Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm, Carslaw Lecture Theatre 159
Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm, Eastern Avenue Auditorium

For MBLG1901
1st Lecture - Monday 12:00pm-1:00pm, Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre
2nd Lecture - Wednesday 8:00am-9:00am, Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre

Assumed Knowledge

For MBLG1001
6 credit points of Junior Biology and 6 cp of Junior Chemistry

For MBLG1901
UAI of 95 or minimum Band 5 in HSC chemistry and biology or by invitation


The textbook is a custom Publication from Pearson (a combination of sections from 2 textbooks) which will be available at the beginning of the semester from the Co-op bookshop, cost ~$145.
AVOID THE RUSH! The laboratory Manual will be handed out in the first laboratory session.

A laboratory coat is essential for all practical sessions.


One 2.5 hour exam, in-semester skills test and assignments