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SLE321 - Molecular Biology Techniques

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Steve Cheung


One of SLE206, SLE221, SLE234 or SLE254



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 6 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.


Topics will include: methods for the extraction and analysis of DNA; polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-mediated amplification and identification of DNA molecules; cloning and expression of DNA fragments or genes; sequencing of DNA; analysis of sequences using nucleic acid and protein databases (bioinformatics); genetic analyses of individuals and populations by DNA profiling; gene mutagenesis; and the latest directions in DNA technology, such as microarrays and RNAi. The unit also examines the varied applications of recombinant DNA techniques to forensics, medicine, agriculture and systematics and ecology.


Examination 40%, class test 15%, bioinformatics assignment 15%, practical report 30%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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