• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Evolution and Ecology, Biology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Maja Adamska
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL3109
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course integrates evolutionary, ecological and molecular perspectives to investigate how animals and plants develop and interact with their environment. The course will cover following topics: developmental regulatory genes (including signalling pathways and transcription factors), morphogenesis, maintenance of homeostasis, regeneration, interaction with biotic and abiotic environmental factors, plasticity, stem cells and transdifferentiation, genetic and genomic basis of evolution of multicellularity and body forms. The practical section will expose students to modern techniques used in developmental biology research using plant and animal model systems. The course should appeal to students interested in molecular biology or biomedicine as well as those interested in organismal biology.

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 molecular and genetic background of animal and plant development;
  2. Describe evolutionary history of complex multicellular life forms;
  3. Compare environmental influence on development and homeostasis of animals and plants;
  4. Interpret, analyse and present experimental results and conclusions in a scientific manner.
  5. Critically assess and present current scientific literature on topics related to ecological and evolutionary developmental biology.

Indicative Assessment

    • Report from practical 1 (20%) - LO1, LO4
    • Seminar and abstract from practical 2 (20%) - LO3, LO4
    • Journal club presentation (20%) - LO 1-4
    • Final Exam (40%) - LO 1-3

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      Workload

      Two one-hour lectures per week, one one-hour tutorial per week, ten three-hour laboratory practicals or workshops over the semester.

      Requisite and Incompatibility

      Incompatible with BIOL3109

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

      Assumed Knowledge

      Incompatible with BIOL3109

      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
      2017 $3660
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2017 $4878
      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
      4547 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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