Course level





Biological Sciences School




One Semester

Class contact

6 Practical or Laboratory hours


BIOL2202 or BIOL2902

Recommended companion


Maximum quota of 48

Assessment methods

Prac. exercises, prac. report, self-directed learning, quizzes, exam

Course coordinator

Dr Karyn Johnson Dr Karyn Johnson

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2019 St Lucia Internal Course Profile

Please Note: Course profiles marked as not available may still be in development.

Course description

In this intensive practical course, core genetic skills will be taught initially, followed by an opportunity for students to perform semi-independent projects in an area of specialisation that they choose. The course will be taught at a high level with students expected to take responsibility for all aspects of their practical work, much as would be required in a research or commercial lab. The core skills will be based around DNA extraction from a variety of sources, amplification and sequence analysis. Students will be required to make their stock solutions, calculate all dilutions, and conduct detailed trouble-shooting of results. Knowledge and experience gained at these core laboratory genetics skills will set students up well either for molecular laboratory-based employment or continuing study at honours level. Students will be mentored in the appropriate use of a laboratory notebook, as well as in lab safety and risk assessment. Students will be expected to present their results in descriptive, detailed and accurate reports. The advanced practicals will be designed around ongoing genetics research in the School of Biological Sciences.

Quota 48 (in total). All enquiries for permission to enrol should be addressed to Preference will given to students who have completed the pre-requisite course (BIOL2202/BIOL2902) with a grade of 5.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2020 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile