- Code BIOL6110
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science
This course deals with stable isotopes, across different areas, from biology to earth sciences, environmental studies and medicine. In this course, students will be taught the importance of isotopes in a variety of applications and how they can be used for basic science, environmental monitoring, etc. This course involves different universities (from France, Japan, Poland and Australia) in an international teaching initiative. There be will shared lectures and the course is recognized by all partner universities. Students will be prepared in the broad area of of isotopics, which carries many job opportunities in different branches of a modern economy: authentication, detection of doping, food traceability, etc.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the importance of stable isotopes in various areas;
- Explain how isotope abundance can be measured and how isotope fractionations work;
- Interpret and explain isotope signatures in a variety of applications;
- Evaluate and apply knowledge of isotopes to solve questions on traceability and fluxes in biological and geological systems.
- Interpret, analyse and present data from isotopic analyses.
This course is run intensively during the Autumn session (usually late April to late May).
- Literature review (25) [LO 1,2,3]
- Practical reports (25) [LO 3,4,5]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Workshop presentation and participation (10) [LO 3,4,5]
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This course is delivered intensively. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 26.5 hours of lectures (approx 4 hours per week), 2 x 4 hours of practical, 5 hours of tutorial.
- Approximately 90 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, use of on-line resources (videos and MCQs), and assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards practicals and discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assumed KnowledgeBasic knowledge in biology, chemistry, math and/or earth sciences that should include quantitative skills.
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- 6 units
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