Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit contains modules on the objectives and applications of cutting edge genomic approaches including genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and genotype to phenotype studies. Students develop and present a 20-minute presentation on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic. The main academic objectives are for students to gain an understanding of how cutting-edge genomics experiments are planned and carried out, what information they reveal and how they impact the biology of the system being studied. It aims to transform students into leading researchers who can use critical thinking and analytical skills; creating innovative and enthusiastic future researchers.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) discuss how omics experiments are planned and executed; (2) discuss what kinds of data are generated by these experiments and how that data is interpreted; and (3) discuss what impact omics data has on biology.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment on modules 2 and 3; (2) assignment on modules 4, 5 and 6; and (3) group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicolas Taylor
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or 72520 Master of Biological Science
or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics
Advisable prior study
a completed undergraduate major in Agricultural Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Botany, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Marine Science, Zoology, or equivalent.
or by permission of the unit coordinator
Contact hours
Lectures and Seminars: 27 hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.