• 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
    • AsPr Anthony Millar
    • AsPr John Rathjen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of recombinant DNA technology. The biochemical basis for each technique, as well as applications in medicine and agriculture, will be discussed. 

The following topics will be included: 

  • DNA cloning; gene libraries
  • DNA sequencing
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Blotting techniques
  • Expression of recombinant proteins
  • Gene mapping
  • Transgenic animals
  • Gene therapy
  • Combinatorial approaches 

These topics are fundamental to an understanding of biotechnology.

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. Describe and apply methods and techniques used to manipulate DNA.
2. Design strategies for identifying and analysing genes and their function.
3. Recognise the different requirements for gene expression in yeast, bacteria, plants and animals.
4. Demonstrate practical skills used in molecular biotechnology such as PCR and molecular cloning.
5. Obtain and evaluate information on a current topic in molecular biology and communicate this analysis in writing.

Other Information

The Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Practical reports, tutorial test and assignments (total: 75%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Final examination  (25%; LO 1, 2, 3)

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Workload

Two lectures per week; ten laboratory and/or tutorial sessions of up to three hours each.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Brown, T.A. (2010) Gene Cloning and Analysis: an introduction (6th ed.) Wiley-Blackwell

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1606 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person

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