- Code BIOL3203
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre and the Centre for Advanced Microscopy
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Human Sciences, Medical Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Biology
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. This course includes on campus/in person activities that cannot be adjusted for remote participants.
Contemporary biological research utilises foundational analytical approaches including genetic manipulation, biochemistry and microscopy to understand life. This course focuses on the application of various microscopic approaches to analyse the variance, function and structure of plant, animal and human samples across scales from the biological system to the molecular level. Students will experience how microscopy enables researchers to undertake powerful qualitative and quantitative analysis and they will be guided in interpretation of biological sample analysis.
This course is offered intensively over two weeks during the Summer Session. The course will be held during late January and early February of each year. Enrolment places are limited to 30 as entry will be merit-based and practicals require small groups. Information on how to enrol in this course is in the Other Information section.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Appraise the relevance of microscopic approaches to life sciences inquiries.
- Determine an appropriate sample preparation and instrumentation selection based on the nature of the research inquiry being pursued.
- Critically analyse, interpret and report visual data with awareness of the limitations and affordances inherent in selected methods and analytical tools.
- Participate in and contribute to collaborative research inquiries.
- Manage necessary experimental protocols and documentation to ensure accurate interpretation, publication and reproducibility of visual data.
- Transfer and infer microscopic approaches for different inquiry contexts.
Enrolment places are limited as practicals are based on small group activities. Entry will be merit-based. This course will be of interest to students in areas covering plant sciences, biosciences, cell and molecular biology and organismal biology.
To register interest in this course for Summer Session, please fill in an expression of interest form. Application will be opened early in October and closed mid December.
Students will be notified of the outcome in January.
- Logbook (10) [LO 3,5]
- Research Reflections (7) [LO 1,2]
- Research Essay (25) [LO 1,2,3,6]
- 3 Group-authored reports on microscopy techniques, sample preparation and analysis tasks (23) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Exams: online quiz and exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
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This is an intensive course running for 2 weeks. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 7 hours of lectures/tutorials/workshops/labs per day during the course session.
- Approximately 60 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations, group work reports and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre or Centre for Advanced Microscopy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Relevant texts and resources will be provided via the course Wattle site. An online logbook (LabArchives) will have to be purchased prior to the course ($30)
Relevant texts and resources will be provided via the course Wattle site.
24 units of relevant disciplinary coursework in Biology at the 2000 level. This course will be of interest to students in areas covering plant sciences, biosciences, cell and molecular biology, organismal biology and medical sciences.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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