• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Evolution and Ecology, Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Maja Adamska
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course integrates evolutionary, ecological and molecular perspectives to investigate how animals and plants develop and interact with their environment. The course will cover following topics: developmental regulatory genes (including signalling pathways and transcription factors), morphogenesis, maintenance of homeostasis, regeneration, interaction with biotic and abiotic environmental factors, plasticity, stem cells and transdifferentiation, genetic and genomic basis of evolution of multicellularity and body forms. The practical section will expose students to modern techniques used in developmental biology research using plant and animal model systems. The course should appeal to students interested in molecular biology or biomedicine as well as those interested in organismal biology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the molecular and genetic background of animal and plant development;
  2. Describe evolutionary history of complex multicellular life forms;
  3. Compare environmental influence on development and homeostasis of animals and plants;
  4. Interpret, analyse and present experimental results and conclusions in a scientific manner.

Other Information

If you experience problems enrolling in this course, please contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au . Please note prerequisites apply.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Report from practical 1 (30) [LO 1,4]
  2. Seminar and abstract from practical 2 (30) [LO 3,4]
  3. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

Two one-hour lectures per week, one one-hour tutorial per week, ten three-hour laboratory practicals or workshops over the semester.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed BIOL1003, BIOL1004 and 24 units of 2000 level BIOL courses. Incompatible with BIOL6109

Prescribed Texts

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Assumed Knowledge

Prior completion of BIOL1009 is recommended.

Specialisations

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3668 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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