• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Melanie Rug
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
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The deadline to submit an EoI to enrol in this course has been extended to 13 December.

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.


Enrolment places are limited to 30 as entry will be merit-based and practicals require small groups. Students should email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au by 30 November to register for this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the relevance of microscopic approaches to life sciences inquiries.
  2. Determine an appropriate sample preparation and instrumentation selection based on the nature of the research inquiry being pursued.
  3. Critically analyse, interpret and report visual data with awareness of the limitations and affordances inherent in selected methods and analytical tools.
  4. Participate in and contribute to collaborative research inquiries.
  5. Manage necessary experimental protocols and documentation to ensure accurate interpretation, publication and reproducibility of visual data.
  6. Transfer and infer microscopic approaches for different inquiry contexts.

Other Information

Enrolment places are limited as entry will be merit-based and practicals are based on small group activities. 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 at the end of November.

Students will be notified of the outcome in December.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Logbook (10) [LO 3,5]
  2. Research Reflections (7) [LO 1,2]
  3. Research Essay (25) [LO 1,2,3,6]
  4. 3 Group-authored reports on microscopy techniques, sample preparation and analysis tasks (23) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Exams: online quiz and exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available via Wattle and/or students should have been advised by the offering College. 

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Workload

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 50 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units toward a degree including BIOL1004.

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.

Prescribed Texts

Relevant texts and resources will be provided via the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

Relevant texts and resources will be provided via the course Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

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.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1336 28 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 17 Feb 2020 In Person View

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