• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Xin Hou
    • Prof Barry Pogson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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The aim of this course is to teach genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and phonemics using model organisms representing plants and animals. The course will cover recent developments in genomics, gene expression and small RNAs, synthetic biology, epigenetics, proteomics, fast-forward genetics and next-generation mapping. An objective of the course is to develop skills in experimental design within the context of learning about biology including: regulation of transcription and translation, stress response, signal transduction and the engineering and regulation of metabolic pathways.


Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe recent advances in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
  2. Explain some of the current genomics technologies and illustrate how these can be used to study gene function.
  3. Obtain and analyse information and data relating to specific genes using general and plant-specific databases, proteomics and metabolomics online portals, next generation sequencing tools and next generation mapping portals.
  4. Locate and critically evaluate current scientific literature and discuss the important findings of these publications in writing.
  5. Perform a range of practical techniques including DNA extraction and sequencing, RT-PCR reporter gene assay, metabolomics and genetic mapping.
  6. Design a set of experiments to address a particular biological question.

Other Information

Please email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratory/tutorial reports (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Mid-term test (5) [LO 1,2]
  3. Final exam (40) [LO 2,6]
  4. Workshop report (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week and up to 26 hour of laboratory and computer sessions throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 65 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

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL3161

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Nil

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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3690 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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