• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Barry Pogson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The aim of this course is to teach genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and phonemics using model organisms representing plants and animals. The course will cover recent developments in genetics, epigenetics, small RNAs, proteomics, gene expression, mutagenesis and mapping genes. An objective of the course will be to develop skills in experimental design within the context of learning about biology including: signal transduction, regulation of transcription and translation, cancer, aging, drought stress and metabolic pathways.

Honours pathway option (HPO)

The HPO consists of inquiry-learning, practical exercises on molecular techniques including real-time RT-PCR to measure mRNA abundance. The additional practical exercises provide experience of extra laboratory skills, an opportunity to develop more complex data analysis and interpretive skills and an extension of the theory taught in the course.

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. Describe recent advances in genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics.
2. Explain some of the current genomics technologies and illustrate how these can be used to study gene function.
3. Obtain and analyse information and data relating to specific genes using a number of general and plant-specific databases, bioinformatics principles and tools.
4. Locate and evaluate current scientific literature and discuss the important findings of these papers in writing.
5. Perform a range of practical techniques including DNA sequencing, PCR and proteomics.
6. Design a set of experiments to address a particular biological question.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Laboratory/tutorial reports (45%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Final exam (55%; LO 1, 2, 6)

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Two to three lectures per week and up to twenty six hours of laboratory and computing sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed BIOL2162 alternatively you can complete both BIOL2161 and BIOL2151

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended Courses

BIOL2162, BIOL216 and BIOL2151




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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3032 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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