Courses


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GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (Semester 1)
This unit provides an introduction to understanding the principles of inheritance and the analysis of variation in all organisms. Prokaryotic, Mendelian, population, quantitative and evolutionary genetics are considered in lectures and practical exercises. The interactive laboratory classes are also used to examine methods used in genetic research, and are designed to promote experience in practising these methods.



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GENE3350 Evolution and Development (Semester 2)
This unit focuses on the molecular genetics and evolution of genes involved in developmental pathways in animals and plants. Consideration is given to gene families that play roles in the development of organisms in diverse evolutionary lineages as well as to genes that control species-specific developmental programs. Topics also include the interactions between an organism's genes and its environment, resulting in changes to the genome that may become heritable.




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BIOC3003 Omics — Global Approaches to Cell Function (Semester 2)
This unit covers the global study of an organism's genes, proteins, carbohydrates and metabolites, and their role in cell structure and function in health and disease. It teaches the commonly used experimental approaches used to determine the genome, proteome, glycome and metabolome of particular cells and organelles including electrophoresis, high-performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Students gain laboratory and research skills in methods of global analysis and data interpretation, as well as in oral and written presentation of scientific data.




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MSCI4098 — Seminar Appraisal and PresentationBIOC3003 Omics (Semester 1 & 2)
This unit focuses on professional scientific oral communication skills. One tutorial on 'How to present a seminar' is delivered at the beginning of semesters 1 and 2 to cater for the two intakes of honours students. Students attend all presentations in the seminar appraisal and presentation (SCB) seminar series. In the first two-thirds of their Honours Program, students attend interactive seminar appraisal sessions for four of these seminars, and present a critique to the group. Students then demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills in a formal presentation of their research at the end of their honours program. The main academic objectives are for students to gain the ability to recognise quality presentation styles and content, and develop skills in critical thinking and analysis. They also learn how to construct an oral presentation that is visually attractive and scientifically robust, and deliver the information in a lucid and logical manner.