- Code BIOL6109
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
How do complex multicellular organisms develop from a single cell? How did mechanisms of development evolve through millions of years of evolution? How does temperature, light and environmental chemicals affect development? This course integrates evolutionary, ecological and molecular perspectives to investigate how animals and plants develop and interact with their environment. The course will cover the following topics: developmental regulatory genes and hormones (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. During practicals, student teams will be carrying out two consecutive mini-projects during which they will attempt to solve biological riddles. Written manuscript-style reports and oral conference-style presentations will be peer-reviewed before assessment. The course should appeal to students interested in molecular biology or biomedicine as well as those interested in organismal biology.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the molecular and genetic background of animal and plant development;
- Describe evolutionary history of complex multicellular life forms;
- Compare environmental influence on development and homeostasis of animals and plants;
- Interpret, analyse and present experimental results and conclusions in a scientific manner.
- Critically assess and present current scientific literature on topics related to ecological and evolutionary developmental biology.
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- Report from practical 1 (20) [LO 1,4]
- Seminar and abstract from practical 2 (20) [LO 3,4]
- Journal club presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Weekly quizzes (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 24 hours), 10 x 3 hours (total 30 hours) of practical or workshop sessions, and 1 hour (total 12 hours) of tutorial per week throughout the semester.
- Approximately 65 hours of self directed study in total, which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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