• 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
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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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)
    • Mid-term test (10%; LO 1, 2)
    • Final exam (45%; 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 or BIOL2161 and BIOL2151. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL6163.

      Assumed Knowledge

      Recommended Courses

      BIOL2162, BIOL216 and BIOL2151




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      Student Contribution Band:
      Unit value:
      6 units

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      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2015 $3096
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2015 $4146
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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
      1539 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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