- Class Number 3673
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Barry Pogson
- Dr Xin Hou
- Dr Adam Carroll
- Dr Adam Reddiex
- Dr Carolyn Behm
- Dr Diep Ganguly
- Prof Guillaume Tcherkez
- Dr Melanie Carmody
- Nay Chi Khin
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
The aim of this course is to teach genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and phonemics using model organisms representing plants and animals. The course will cover recent developments in genomics, gene expression and small RNAs, synthetic biology, epigenetics, proteomics, fast-forward genetics and next-generation mapping. An objective of the course is to develop skills in experimental design within the context of learning about biology including: regulation of transcription and translation, stress response, signal transduction and the engineering and regulation of metabolic pathways.
Honours pathway option (HPO)
The HPO consists of investigation-based and interactive learning, practical exercises on molecular techniques including qualitative 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 covered in the course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe recent advances in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
- Explain some of the current genomics technologies and illustrate how these can be used to study gene function.
- Obtain and analyse information and data relating to specific genes using general and plant-specific databases, proteomics and metabolomics online portals, next generation sequencing tools and next generation mapping portals.
- Locate and evaluate current scientific literature and discuss the important findings of these publications in writing.
- Perform a range of practical techniques including DNA extraction and sequencing, RT-PCR, reporter gene assay, metabolomics and genetic mapping.
- Design a set of experiments to address a particular biological question.
All lecturers are experts in the field that they are lecturing in. The lecture material presented draws from new research providing current knowledge and examples for the fundamental biological concepts taught. This exposes students to present-day techniques and innovation, which connects them to current ideas in the science field. Furthermore, the students have the opportunity to engage with a range of scientists at different stages of their career, allowing an environment for students to make connections for potential future research projects.
Additionally, the lectures complement the practical component of the course, which aims to foster and teach skills required in a research environment. These skills range from basic practical techniques, to learning how to critically analyse and discuss the theory behind the science, all while rationalising and applying these to results obtained in the practical.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Feedback to the whole class or to groups
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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.
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
Adjustments to delivery in 2020
Course delivery and assessment in 2020 was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any information below that replaces what was published in the Class Summary for Semester 1, 2020 was approved by the Associate Dean Education (as is required after 10% commencement of a course). Where an activity or assessment is not referenced below, it remains unchanged.
- Lectures: recorded lectures from 2019 were available through Wattle. During scheduled lecture times, a convenor held a Zoom meeting for discussion.
- Practicals were done online. Results were provided to students followed by a Zoom meeting
- HPO was a one day, online workshop.
- Adjustments were made to assignment due dates; for details see the course Wattle site.
- Midterm Exam and Final Exam were online on Wattle.
|Summary of Activities
|Week 1 Lecture: Course Overview Lectures: Transcription
|Week 2 Lectures: Genes and Genomes
|Week 3 Lecture: Small RNA Lectures: Epigenetics Lab I: Functional Genomics & small RNAs
|Week 4 Lecture: Epigenetics Lectures: Proteomics & Metabolomics Lab I: Functional Genomics & small RNAs
|Week 5 Lectures: Proteomics & Metabolomics Lab I: Functional Genomics & small RNAs
|Week 6 Lab II: Proteomics & Metabolomics
|Mid-semester Exam on Monday 31/03/2020
|Mid-semester Break HPO workshops on 6th and 7th April 2020
|Week 7 Lab II: Proteomics & Metabolomics
|Lab I Assignment Due 11PM Wed 22 Apr 2020
|Week 8 Lectures: Forward Genetics and Plants Lab II: Proteomics & Metabolomics
|HPO Assignment Due 5PM Fri 1 May 2020
|Week 9 Lectures: Genomes, populations and natural variation Lecture: Synthetic Biology Lab III: Cell Signaling
|Lab II Assignment Due 11PM Fri 8 May 2020
|Week 10 Lectures: Synthetic Biology Lab III: Cell signaling
|Week 11 Lectures: C.elegans Lab III: Cell signaling
|Week 12 Lecture: C.elegans Revision tutorial and Biology Research Project
|Lab III Assignment Due 11PM Fri 29 May 2020
No need to register for tutorials.
|Return of assessment
|Lab I Assignment: Functional Genomics and Small RNAs report
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5
|Lab II Assignment: Metabolomics and Proteomics assignment
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5
|Lab III Assignment: The Cell Signalling - Phenotyping and Gene Discovery report
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5
|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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You must pass both the final exam and the practical components (i.e. Assessment Tasks 2, 3 and 4) to pass the course.
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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).
Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.
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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Please contact Lab Coordinator Nay Chi Khin: email@example.com, if you are interested in doing a research project in Genomics.
Prof Barry Pogson
Dr Adam Carroll
Dr Adam Reddiex
Dr Carolyn Behm
Dr Diep Ganguly
Prof Guillaume Tcherkez
Dr Melanie Carmody