GENE4001 Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
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; (2) evolutionary/population genomics; (3) transcriptomics—insights into the coding capacity of genomes; and (4) synthetic biology . Students develop and present a 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 identifying appropriate sources of literature, critical thinking, experimental design, and interpretation of results are extended. Students also broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material unrelated to their research project.
Students are able to (1) discuss 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 and manage the acquired information, think critically, analyse data, and interpret results.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) oral presentation; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Josh Mylne
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or a Genetics major or major in Anatomy and Human Biology and ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
Advisable prior study:
undergraduate major in Genetics or equivalent
Contact hours
Approx 12hrs workshops followed by self-led research and consultation with academic staff to plan your presentation. There will be approx 6hrs contact during presentations.
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