- Code BIOL6204
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
This course focuses on new discoveries in areas of importance to our understanding of human genetics and disease. Fuelled by Sequencing of the Human Genome and new methods of investigating biological function, research into the genetic and molecular causes of human disease is advancing at a rapid pace. We will examine not only the genetic abnormalities underlying human disease and disorders but also the breakdown in the physiological and molecular biology caused by the genetic lesion. We will also look at how this knowledge can lead to new treatments for some diseases and explore some of the societal issues raised by new technologies and treatments.
The course includes a component of self-led literature research that can be tailored to the student's post-graduate course.
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. show a high level of proficiency in navigating relevant literature, web sites and databases for research into human genetics and in using these sources to develop and test hypotheses in the field of human genetics
2. describe the approaches used to identify the genetic basis of simple, heterogeneous and complex traits and appreciate the duties, responsibilities and challenges facing the professionals who perform these analyses
3. explain the theoretical and practical basis of the latest advances in genomic technologies and their application to personalised medicine
4. explain the changing importance of model species to our investigation of basic principles in human genetics
5. explain the theoretical and practical basis for the use of modern molecular techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and inherited disease
6. explain the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of gene expression control and their role in human inherited disease
7. identify and analyse the ethical issues and dilemmas raised by new technologies and treatments
Assessment is based on:
- Significant research report on an area of human molecular genetics of interest to the student (4000 words), and ideally relevant to their chosen area of postgraduate study (25%-65%, LO 1-7 depending upon topic)
- Take-home assignments to assist with writing skills and essay topic selection (optional)
- Take-home assignments of computer practicals (3 assignments, 5% each)
- Final examination to assess students' understanding of the basic principles that underpin the field of human genetics (20%-60%, LO 2-7). A sliding scale of assessment between the essay and exam permits students to focus on areas of interest and/or strength by designating the weight to different items of assessment.
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Two to three lectures per week and computer practicals; total workload ~45 contact hours in semester. In addition, the research essay requires a substantial number of self-assigned (i.e. non-contact) hours.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There is no prescribed text. Relevant reading will be given to students during the semester.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|2672||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person|