• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Guillaume Tcherkez
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2019
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Stable isotopes in biogeochemistry, environment, medicine and authentication (BIOL6110)

This course deals with stable isotopes, across different areas, from biology to earth sciences, environmental studies and medicine. In this course, students will be taught the importance of isotopes in a variety of applications and how they can be used for basic science, environmental monitoring, etc. This course involves different universities (from France, Japan, Poland and Australia) in an international teaching initiative. There be will shared lectures and the course is recognized by all partner universities. Students will be prepared in
the broad area of of isotopics, which carries many job opportunities in different branches of a modern economy: authentication, detection of doping, food traceability, etc. This course is offered to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Describe the importance of stable isotopes in various areas;
  2. Explain how isotope abundance can be measured and how isotope fractionations work;
  3. Interpret and explain isotope signatures in a variety of applications;
  4. Evaluate and apply knowledge of isotopes to solve questions on traceability and fluxes in biological and geological systems.
  5. Interpret, analyse and present data from isotopic analyses.

Other Information

This course will be run during 24 April to 30 May 2019

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on
  • Literature review (25%, LO 1-3)
  • Practical reports (25%, LO 3-5)
  • Final exam (40%, LO 1-5)
  • One-day workshop (10%, LO 3-5).

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20 lectures (4 per week); 4 prac/tut up to 4 hours each; personal work with presentation forming two workshops (literature review).

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Assumed Knowledge

Basic knowledge in biology, chemistry, math and/or earth sciences that should include quantitative skills.


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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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5575 24 Apr 2019 03 May 2019 03 May 2019 30 May 2019 In Person N/A

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