- Code BIOL6203
- 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 Biology
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 as entry will be merit-based and practicals require small groups. Students should email firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November to register for this course.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately
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.
- Evaluate experimental design for incorporation of appropriate microscopic techniques into other analytical contexts.
Enrolment places are limited as entry will be merit-based and practicals require small groups. 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.
- Logbook (10) [LO 3,5]
- Research Essay (32) [LO 1,2,3,6,7]
- 3 Group-authored reports on microscopy techniques, sample preparation and analysis tasks (23) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
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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 /week 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.
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- 6 units
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