• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Evolution and Ecology, Biology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Maja Adamska
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL6109
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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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.

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.

Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

    • Report from practical 1 (30%) - LO1, LO4
    • Seminar and abstract from practical 2 (30%) - LO3, LO4
    • 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

      To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed BIOL1003, BIOL1004 and 24 units of 2000 level BIOL courses. Incompatible with BIOL6109

      Assumed Knowledge

      Prior completion of BIOL1009 is recommended.

      Specialisations

      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
      2018 $3660
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2018 $5160
      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
      4465 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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