• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Statistics, Bioinformatics, Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Eric Stone
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.

Quantitative biology and bioinformatics demand a combination of technical skills and domain knowledge. In these data-driven sciences, effective communication with experimentalists is a prerequisite to success, as both parties must comprehend both the problem and the solution. In this course, students will gain consulting experience in quantitative biology and bioinformatics. They will learn to communicate effectively with clients, both verbally and in writing, and how to avoid jargon without sacrificing precision. Students will interact with experimentalists and learn to distil biological goals and challenges into quantitative/computational problems to be solved. Students will gain experience collaborating and solving these problems in a mentored professional setting. In doing so, they will learn how to report on their progress to both clients and colleagues.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate effectively and professionally with scientists outside of their discipline
  2. Translate biological goals and challenges into underpinning quantitative/computational problems
  3. Engage in an independent investigation and evaluation of quantitative/computational solutions to biological problems
  4. Describe and defend a chosen methodology in the context of the problem being solved
  5. Estimate the difficulty of a project and the time commitment that will be required
  6. Identify when additional skills and/or expertise will be required to solve a problem

Indicative Assessment

  1. Evidence of professional communication (peer evaluation, client feedback, preceptor reports, notebook) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Initial consulting plan (25) [LO 2,4,5,6]
  3. Final presentation to client (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final presentation to class (25) [LO 2,3,4]

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1 lecture + 1 practicum per week, 1 written proposal (consulting plan), 2 group presentations (final report to client, final report to class)

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6097 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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