Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will provide you with the opportunity to enhance their practical skills in a variety of contemporary molecular biology applications. Practical classes will require you to carry out laboratory techniques such as PCR, cloning, protein expression, protein purification and immunoblotting. In completing tasks for this subject, you are expected to develop technical competency and skills in critical thinking, data analysis and scientific communication.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKaye Truscott

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: SGBB, SMBB, SMBM or SMBT All other students require coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critique and accurately execute experimental protocols
02. Acquire, interpret and evaluate experimental data
03. Convey an understanding of scientific concepts and specialist methodology, materials and instruments through written communication using appropriate vocabulary.
04. Present experimental data and methodology in a format appropriate for publication.
05. Incorporate appropriate organisational, ethical and OH&S practices in a molecular biology laboratory setting.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKaye Truscott

Class requirements

PracticalWeek: 32 - 43
One 5.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Discussion participation and performance (250 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo5 SILO1, SILO5

Quality of laboratory results (500 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo5 SILO1, SILO2

Practical worksheets (2500 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo45 SILO2, SILO3

Scientific writing exercises (1000 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO4

Practical exam - written and experimental components (2250 word equivalent)2250 word equivalent (2000 for 2 h short answer based questions & 250 for 1 h practical component). The 1 h practical component is a short practical exercise that requires the students to follow a protocol and perform a simple experimental reaction. The 1 h allows for incubation time & an opportunity to repeat the reaction if they make a mistake.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3