• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Melanie Rug
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2019
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This course will run from January 29 – February 11. Enrolment places are limited - see other information section below.

Contemporary biological research utilises foundational analytical approaches including genetic manipulation, biochemistry and microscopy to understand life. This course focuses on the application of various microscopic approaches to analyse the variance, function and structure of plant, animal and human samples across scales from the biological system to the molecular level. Students will experience how microscopy enables researchers to undertake powerful qualitative and quantitative analysis and they will be guided in interpretation of biological sample analysis.

Enrolment places are limited as entry will be merit-based and practicals require small groups. Students should email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au by 30 November to register for this course.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Appraise the relevance of microscopic approaches to life sciences inquiries.
  2. Determine an appropriate sample preparation and instrumentation selection based on the nature of the research inquiry being pursued.
  3. Critically analyse, interpret and report visual data with awareness of the limitations and affordances inherent in selected methods and analytical tools.
  4. Participate in and contribute to collaborative research inquiries.
  5. Manage necessary experimental protocols and documentation to ensure accurate interpretation, publication and reproducibility of visual data.
  6. Transfer and infer microscopic approaches for different inquiry contexts.
  7. Evaluate experimental design for incorporation of appropriate microscopic techniques into other analytical contexts.

Other Information

Information for 2019: Enrolment places are limited as entry will be merit-based and practicals require small groups. This course will be of interest to students in areas covering plant sciences, biosciences, cell and molecular biology and organismal biology.

To register interest in this course for Summer Session 2019 please fill in an expression of interest form.

Registrations will close on November 30 2018. Students will be notified the outcome in late December 2018/ early January 2019.

This course will run from January 29 – February 11 2019

Indicative Assessment

  • Experimental design learning module (5% LO2, 5, 6, 7)
  • Logbook (10%; LO5, 3)
  • Individual Learning Journal (10% LO1, 2, )
  • Research essay (35%; LO 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)
  • Laboratory and practical outputs and group reports (15%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Exam: (25%; LO 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)

PG students will:
  • Undertake a pre-course experimental design module 5%
  • In their research essay on furthering their proposal for incorporation of microscopic analysis techniques into a research experiment (based on a selected primary literature article) through building on their first round data expectations, to extend to second level of relevant microscopic analysis that could provide other useful data and speculate on the outcome.

PG student will not need to undertake the weekly quizzes (they can do this voluntarily it they wish to check on the conceptual progress.)

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Lecture/workshops, laboratory and practical sessions and group-based activities each day (@7 hours) over 2 weeks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1602 01 Jan 2019 18 Jan 2019 18 Jan 2019 31 Mar 2019 In Person N/A

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