UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GENE4001 Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
  • Honours option in Biotechnology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content The topics covered in this unit build on those presented in undergraduate units, and reflect cutting-edge developments in genetics and genomics, providing students with an understanding and knowledge of the discipline at an advanced level. Topics include (1) genomics—high throughput exploration of cellular function (three lectures); (2) evolutionary/population genomics (three lectures); (3) proteomics/transcriptomics—insights into the coding capacity of genomes (three lectures); and (4) synthetic biology (three lectures). Students develop and present a 20-minute lecture on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic. The lecture highlights the research that has led to our current understanding of the topic.

The main academic objective is for students to gain an understanding and an appreciation of how the knowledge in a field of genetics and/or genomics progresses. Students' abilities in database searching, data management, critical thinking, data analysis, and interpretation of results are extended. Students also broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material unrelated to their research project.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) discuss and describe recent advances in the disciplines of genetics and genomics; (2) develop the emergence of a scientific discipline in historical, technological and knowledge-based contexts, and present this information in the form of a lecture; and (3) search databases and manage the acquired information, think critically, analyse data and interpret results.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) quizzes; and (2) an oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Michael Considine
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Advisable prior study: undergraduate major in Genetics or equivalent
Contact hours lectures: 12; presentation sessions: approximately 10 (depending on student enrolment); consultation with academic staff during presentation planning: approximately 5
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/GENE4001/SEM-1/2017

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