• 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
    • Suzanne Hartley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    Second Semester 2014
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Students will research the scientific literature relevant to a given topic and devise experiments to address specific aims that extend the known information. 

The course aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge of common methodologies used in biochemistry and molecular biology; skills which enable them to interpret, synthesize and critically analyse the published literature; and the ability to apply their knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology to new problems. 

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. Explain the broader aspects of research mechanisms and how research in biology is conducted
2. Integrate diverse methodologies and theories to address a specific topic
3. Communicate these ideas, both orally and written, to a broader scientific audience
4. Appreciate research planning and strategy
5. Design a research project on a specific topic in biology

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Literature review - introduction to the final proposal (10%; LO 1, 2, 3)
  • Draft of research proposal (10%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Participation in lab meetings (required; LO 1, 3, 4)
  • Final seminar - 20 minute presentation of the proposition (15%; LO 2, 3, 5)
  • Final proposal (65%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 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.

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

Second year Molecular Biology or Biochemistry and first year Chemistry.


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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $3144
2014 $5892
2013 $5616
2012 $5616
2011 $5616
2010 $5556
2009 $5556
2008 $5556
2007 $4800
2006 $4800
2005 $4800
2004 $4116
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $6876
2014 $7524
2013 $7164
2012 $7164
2011 $7164
2010 $7152
2009 $6900
2008 $6900
2007 $6900
2006 $6900
2005 $6900
2004 $6876
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
5031 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9102 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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