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SLE111 - Cells and Genes

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

P Beech





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Trimester 1: 3 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practical classes per trimester.  Trimester 3: 32 hours of classes and seminars taught in intensive mode at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit will introduce students to the characteristics of life.  The structure and function of cells will be examined including cell reproduction, membrane organization, cell communication and cell metabolism.  Classical and molecular aspects of genetics will be examined including patterns of inheritance, molecular structure of DNA, mechanisms and control of gene expression and the basic principles of DNA technology.  Genetic control of development of multicellular organism will be introduced.


Class 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.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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