- 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
This course integrates evolutionary, ecological and molecular perspectives to investigate how animals and plants develop and interact with their environment. The course will cover following topics: developmental regulatory genes (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. 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:On satisfying the requirements of this course, 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.
- Report from practical 1 (20%) - LO1, LO4
- Seminar and abstract from practical 2 (20%) - LO3, LO4
- Journal club presentation (20%) - LO 1-4
- Final Exam (40%) - LO 1-3
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WorkloadTwo one-hour lectures per week, one one-hour tutorial per week, ten three-hour laboratory practicals or workshops over the semester.
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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- 6 units
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