- Code BIOL3161
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
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 AssessmentAssessment 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)
WorkloadTwo to three lectures per week and up to twenty six hours of laboratory and computing sessions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeRecommended Courses
BIOL2162, BIOL216 and BIOL2151
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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