Courses & Units

Aquatic Molecular Biology JFA305




This unit covers the theoretical, technical and ethical use of molecular biology to investigate aquatic systems. Students learn the theory, techniques and practice of molecular biology and its application in fields of aquaculture and fisheries, and aquatic biology and ecology. Students gain detailed knowledge of the structure and function of DNA/RNA and proteins, and the methods by which these molecules can be characterised, manipulated and analysed. Molecular biology is a rapidly changing field and the unit content is regularly updated to reflect technological development.


Unit name Aquatic Molecular Biology
Unit code JFA305
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Associate Professor Christopher Bolch
Teaching staff Associate Professor Andrew Bridle
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain the structure, synthesis and function DNA, RNA and proteins, and how these molecules are expressed.
  • Explain and critically evaluate molecular approaches applied to problems and questions in aquaculture and marine biology/ecology.
  • Describe, design and carry-out basic molecular biology approaches used to isolate, characterise, manipulate and analyse DNA/RNA data.
  • Access and use common bioinformatic web-based resources/databases and analysis software, to collect, organise, analyse and interpret molecular data.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,493.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

2 hour lectures weekly (Weeks 1-13), as published in unit outline and unit myLO site.

4 hour tutorial/practical session weekly (Weeks 1-13), as published in unit outline and unit myLO site.

AssessmentOnline Quizzes (15%)|Mid-semester test (10%)|Project Report (25%)|Pre-requisite Learning Module|Final Exam (50%)
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