• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Susan Howitt
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

This course covers the principles of the transmission and expression of genetic information, in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. 

Topics to be covered include: 

  • Cell structure and function
  • DNA structure and packaging
  • DNA replication and repair
  • Transcription
  • Regulation of gene expression
  • RNA processing
  • Protein synthesis
  • The genetic code
  • Protein trafficking and degradation

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.Explain the basic processes involved in the expression of genetic information (DNA replication; mutagenesis and DNA repair; mRNA transcription and processing; gene regulation; protein synthesis and trafficking;  the cell cycle)
2. Understand the roles and functions of these processes
3. Predict outcomes when these processes are perturbed by mutation (genetic disease) or the use of inhibitors and drugs
4. Understand differences between gene organization in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
5. Interpret and analyse experimental and theoretical problems involving these processes
6. Apply knowledge and research applications for example, in designing experiments or analysing examples from the literature

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Laboratory reports to apply knowledge to experimental/theoretical problem (30%; LO 1,3,4, 5)
  • Tutorial tests to demonstrate mastery and understanding of content  (20%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Assignments - linked to the laboratory course to extend understanding and application of both theory and techniques learnt (20%; LO 3, 5, 6)
  • Final exam to demonstrate understanding, interpretation and problem solving (30%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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Workload

Two lectures per week; five laboratory sessions of up to four hours each; ten one-hour tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2160
2005 $2358
2006 $2358
2007 $2358
2008 $2358
2009 $2358
2010 $2358
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3126 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person

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