Developmental and Cellular Genetics

Subject 652-303 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures per week. Total 36 hours.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment.

Principles of Genetics and Genes and Genomes

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Alex Andrianopoulos
Subject Overview: The subject will cover developmental genetics in plants, animals and microorganisms; chromatin structure and its implication for gene regulation and development; neurogenetics; genome plasticity; oncogenetics; immunogenetics; and somatic cell genetics.

Upon completion of the subject, students should have:

  • become familiar with the techniques and concepts involved in the genetic investigation as applied to the developmental process and cell biology of various eukaryotic organisms;

  • understood the usefulness of genetic analysis as a means to dissect biological systems; and

  • gained a knowledge and understanding of some current biological problems, and of the application of genetic analysis to these problems.


Two assignments/problem-solving tasks of up to 1000 words each due during the semester (30%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (70%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Biotechnology
Cell Biology
Reproduction and Development

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