• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Rowell
    • Dr Helen Berg
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course will describe the way biologists generate and assess evidence.  The use of biological models from bacteria, plants and animals will be discussed, with their advantages and limitations.  The value of different experimental approaches including hypothesis-driven research and large scale data generation, such as genome sequencing projects will be considered.  Quantitative reasoning and analysis will be introduced with examples of its application to biological problems.  Students will participate in one of a few practical exercises to develop and test hypotheses and then, as a group, compare and contrast the application of statistical approaches to interpret the data.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

1. Apply different experimental approaches in biology and know when to use experimental models.

2. Design biological experiments to address specific questions

3. Demonstrate practical skills and critical analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data.

4. Describe and apply different statistical approaches to result analysis and interpretation

5. Apply the knowledge gained to problem-solving and other areas of biology.

Indicative Assessment

    • Short report write-ups (3x 10%; LO 2, 3, 4)

    • Modelling Exercise worksheets (5%; LO 1, 3)

    • Navigation Practical Report  (10%; LO 2, 3)

    • Quizzes (2 x 5%each) 10%

    • Extra Assignment (20%; LO 1, 5)

    • Exam (25%; LO 1, 2, 4, 5)

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      Up to 65 contact hours per semester, involving two lectures per week, four practical sessions and up to six small and large tutorials.

      Requisite and Incompatibility

      Enrolment in Programs 7609, 7629, 7631 and 7632 only.  Incompatible with BIOL2202

      Assumed Knowledge

      Bachelor degree with first year biology; some knowledge of statistics.


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      Unit value:
      6 units

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      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee Description
      1994-2003 $1650
      2014 $2946
      2013 $2946
      2012 $2946
      2011 $2946
      2010 $2358
      2009 $2358
      2008 $2358
      2007 $2358
      2006 $2358
      2005 $2358
      2004 $2160
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      1994-2003 $3606
      2014 $3762
      2013 $3756
      2012 $3756
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      2008 $3618
      2007 $3618
      2006 $3618
      2005 $3618
      2004 $3618
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      Second Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      8169 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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