• Code BIOL8702
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anthony Millar
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course will introduce students to a variety of techniques, both practically and theoretically, that are commonly used in the research fields of biology, including biotechnology, neuroscience and genetics.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:1. Understand the theory behind the new technologies related to different areas of biology and how to apply these technologies to a specific research question
2. Gain practical skills in cutting-edge technologies such as real-time PCR, Westerns, cell analysis, sequencing, reporter gene analysis, DNA and RNA purification, cDNA synthesis and proteomic gel analysis.
3. Be able to record and analyse scientific data.
4. Be able to write scientific papers.
5. Be able to appreciate and design solutions to scientific problems.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Results from experiments will be presented as two scientific papers (40%; LO 1,2,3,4,5)
  • Lab notebook (10%; LO 2, 3)
  • Critical thinking tutorical exercises (40%; LO 1,3,5)
  • Oral presentation (10%; LO 1,5)

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This is a variable unit load course and the unit weighting and contact hours must be discussed with the convener before enrolling.Up to 60 hrs of supervised laboratory practice during the mid-semester student vacation.Tutorials each week covering the theory of the latest molecular techniques used in biotechnology

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Assumed Knowledge

First year Biology and first year Chemistry in an undergraduate degree program are recommended.


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:
Unit value:
6 to 24 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.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $275 per unit
2014 $491 per unit
2013 $491 per unit
2012 $491 per unit
2011 $491 per unit
2010 $486 per unit
2009 $486 per unit
2008 $486 per unit
2007 $420 per unit
2006 $420 per unit
2005 $420 per unit
2004 $360 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $601 per unit
2014 $627 per unit
2013 $626 per unit
2012 $626 per unit
2011 $626 per unit
2010 $625 per unit
2009 $603 per unit
2008 $603 per unit
2007 $603 per unit
2006 $603 per unit
2005 $603 per unit
2004 $603 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3132 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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