• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Anthony Millar
    • John Rathjen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of recombinant DNA technology. It has a focus on how biological processes can be exploited and manipulated for practical purposes, rather than how they operate in nature. The course also introduces some of the main problem solving skills used routinely in molecular biology. A wide range of methods and applications will be discussed including:  polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA cloning, DNA sequencing, gene libraries, blotting techniques, expression of recombinant proteins, gene mapping, transgenic animals, and gene therapy.

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 and apply methods and techniques used to manipulate DNA and generate transgenic (genetically modified) organisms
2. Design strategies for identifying and analysing genes and their function
3. Recognise the different requirements for gene expression in yeast, bacteria, plants and animals
4. Demonstrate practical skills used in molecular biotechnology such as PCR and molecular cloning

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • 4 x workshop tests (25%; LO 1, 2, 4)
  • Practical lab exercises (journal and report 25%; LO 1, 3, 4)
  • Final exam (50%; LO 1, 2, 3)

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Workload

Two lectures per week, up to eight laboratory sessions of up to four hours each and eight one-hour workshops.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL2161 and CHEM1201. Incompatible with BIOL6162.

Prescribed Texts

Brown, T.A. (2010) Gene Cloning and Analysis: an introduction (6th ed.) Wiley-Blackwell

Specialisations

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8669 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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