SLE111 - Cells and Genes

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
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EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Jillian Healy





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Contact hours:

Trimester 1: 3 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Trimester 3 (Intensive): Taught in intensive blocks at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus. 2-3 x 2 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester. 


In this unit, students will be able to study the characteristics of life that are fundamental for every field in biology. Upon successful completion of Cells and Genes, students will be able to explore, examine and describe the characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their molecules, including cell reproduction and communication, membrane organization and metabolism, and apply this knowledge to solve problems and perform and report on the results of experiments. This understanding of molecular cell biology forms the basis for interpreting patterns of inheritance, mechanisms and control of gene expression and the principles of DNA technologies - all of which form the second part of the unit.


Online test 15%, bioinformatics assignment 7%, practical exercises 33%, examination 45%.  To obtain a pass in the unit, students must submit and pass at least 4 of the 5 practical class assessments.

Prescribed texts

Campbell, 2017, Campbell Biology (Australian and New Zealand edition), 11th Ed, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

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