- Class Number 2319
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Barry Pogson
- Dr Xin Hou
- Dr Adam Carroll
- Dr Carolyn Behm
- Dr Diep Ganguly
- Prof Guillaume Tcherkez
- Dr Keisuke Horikawa
- Dr Kevin Murray
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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.
Honours pathway option (HPO)
The HPO consists of inquiry-learning, practical exercises on molecular techniques. 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.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Feedback to the whole class or to groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly quizzes, a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1 Lectures: Overview Lectures: Genes and Genomes|
|2||Week 2 Lectures: Genes and Genomes Lectures: Transgenics Lectures: Transcription|
|3||Week 3 Lectures: Transcription Lab I: Functional Genomics & small RNAs|
|4||Week 4 Lectures: Epigenetics Lab I: Functional Genomics & small RNAs|
|5||Week 5 Lectures: Proteomics & Metabolomics Lab I: Functional Genomics & small RNAs|
|6||Week 6 Lectures: Proteomics & Metabolomics Lab II: Proteomics & Metabolomics||Mid-semester exam on Monday 01/04/2019|
|7||Mid-semester Break HPO workshops on 8th and 9th April 2019|
|8||Week 7 Lectures: Forward Genetics and Plants Lab II: Proteomics & Metabolomics||Lab I Assignment Due Wed 24 Apr 5PM|
|9||Week 8 Lectures: Forward Genetics and Plants Lectures: Genomes, populations and natural variation Lab II: Proteomics & Metabolomics||HPO Assignment Due Fri 3 May 5PM|
|10||Week 9 Lectures: Human and Mice Genomics Lab III: Cell Signaling||Lab II Assignment Due Fri 10 May 5PM|
|11||Week 10 Lectures: C.elegans Lab III: Cell signaling|
|12||Week 11 Lectures: C.elegans Lab III: Cell signaling|
|13||Week 12 Revision tutorial and Biology Research Project||Lab III Assignment Due Fri 31 May 5PM|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mid-semester exam||10 %||01/04/2019||26/04/2019||1,2|
|Lab I Assignment: Functional Genomics and Small RNAs report||17 %||24/04/2019||08/05/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Lab II Assignment: Metabolomics and Proteomics assignment||10 %||10/05/2019||17/05/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Lab III Assignment: The Cell Signalling - Phenotyping and Gene Discovery report||18 %||31/05/2019||14/06/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Final Exam||45 %||06/06/2019||04/07/2019||1,2,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
This short multiple choice mid-term test is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the first block of lectures (i.e. Transgenic, Epigenetics, Transcription, Proteomics and Metabolomics).
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Lab I Assignment: Functional Genomics and Small RNAs report
The objective of this assignment is for you to demonstrate your understanding the biology of small RNAs and the technical approaches used to study these small RNAs. This assignment also aims to assess your proficiency in science writing, data analysis, and critical evaluation of your results in conjunction with the literature, experiment design and lateral thinking.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Lab II Assignment: Metabolomics and Proteomics assignment
The objective of this assignment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the techniques used in Metabolomics and Proteomics. This assignment also aims to assess your proficiency in science writing, data analysis, and critical evaluation of your results in conjunction with the practical.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Lab III Assignment: The Cell Signalling - Phenotyping and Gene Discovery report
The objective of this assignment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the principles of mapping mutations to the genome using molecular techniques, and phenotyping of mutants to understand gene function. This assignment also aims to assess your proficiency in science writing, data analysis, and critical evaluation of your results in conjunction with the literature, experiment design and lateral thinking.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,6
This exam consists of both multiple choice questions and short answer questions, to demonstrate your understanding of the content and general principles of the course lectures.
Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.
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Resubmission of assignments is not accepted.
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Prof Barry Pogson
Dr Xin Hou
Dr Adam Carroll
Dr Carolyn Behm
Dr Diep Ganguly
Prof Guillaume Tcherkez
Dr Keisuke Horikawa