BIOL12106 - Molecular Biology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit focuses on developing an understanding of how genomes are organised, how they function within the cell, how molecular medical treatments can be developed, ways in which we can manipulate genomes and utilise their components for a range of purposes including medical, agricultural, and commercial.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BIOL11100 Functional Biology


BIOL11102 Life Science Laboratory


BMSC11003 Introduction to Medical Sciences


BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 20%
3. Online Test 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.36% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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Students appreciated the Moodle format and found it easy to navigate.
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The Moodle format was retained
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Students enjoyed the lectures and found the supporting material enhanced learning.
Continue with the lecture format and provision of supporting materials.
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The lecture format and supporting materials were maintained.
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Students found the weekly study questions helpful.
Continue to provide weekly questions to consolidate learning.
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Weekly study questions were continued to allow students to progressively assess learning.
Source: Student feedback - formal unit evaluations
The unit content and laboratory experience were interesting and engaging and enhanced student skills
Continue the updated lecture content and laboratory experience.
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Assessment return was delayed
The teaching team is committed to enhancing student feedback and return by improved marking rubrics and prioritising assessment return.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the structure, organisation, utility and isolation of nucleic acids
  2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles of gene cloning and sequencing
  3. Accurately review and evaluate the strategies associated with the transformation of micro-organisms, plants and animals
  4. Demonstrate safe and efficient laboratory skills in molecular biology
  5. Demonstrate knowledge on the applications of molecular biology skills to medical molecular biology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
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