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Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution XPD132

Introduction

Cell Biology, Genetics & Evolution is a core first year unit for BSc students majoring in Plant Science or Genetics, and important for any student studying Biological Sciences. Cell biology, genetics and evolution are fundamental to an understanding of the processes of life. In this unit, we examine the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including a discussion of the energy flow in photosynthesis, respiration and metabolism. We introduce DNA structure and function from molecular to organism levels, and current applications of DNA technology. We also introduce classical genetic and evolutionary theory as unifying explanations of life. Laboratory practicals investigate enzyme function, cytogenetics, gene expression, and the genetic analysis of populations.
Handbook Entry – Unit Details

Summary

Unit name Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution
Unit code XPD132
Credit points 12.5
College/School Academic Division
Provost
Discipline University Pathways
Coordinator Amanda Henry
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Third Party (UP Education)
Level Introductory

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, cell organelles, and membranes,
  • Understand how biological information is encoded in DNA, how DNA is replicated from cell to cell (mitosis) and from generation to generation (meiosis), the behaviour of chromosomes in the cell cycles, and how that genetic information is transcribed into RNA and translated into proteins – the building blocks of life,
  • Understand the flow of energy in cells, the roles of enzymes and the processes of respiration,
  • Apply the principles of classical genetics in model systems to develop hypotheses and use basic statistical techniques to test those hypotheses,
  • Describe how DNA technology is being used in many aspects of life (agriculture, forensics, health, personal genomics and gene therapy),
  • Understand the processes of evolution and to have gained an appreciation of the broad pattern of history of life on Earth, and phylogenetic relationships that links living things.
  • Develop scientific communication skills in the accession, interpretation, and expression of scientific ideas.
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Teaching

AssessmentOnline Quiz (10%)|Examination (50%)|Eight Assessment Tasks (20%)|Essay (20%)
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