GENETICS 4010A - Advanced Genetics (Hons) Pt 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GENETICS 4010A Course Advanced Genetics (Hons) Pt 1 Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Mixed mode - flexible and/or intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible GENETICS 4000A/B Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description This course is part of the Honours in Genetics degree structure, and the aim is to introduce breadth and depth to the students? advanced genetics knowledge, understanding, application, and analysis. The purpose of the Frontiers in Genetics activity is to develop the ability to think creatively and critically and to provide extended experience in reading scientific literature and formulating original hypotheses based on published research, and to plan a piece of research to test the hypothesis. Assessment includes a primarily formative preliminary written proposal and interview, followed by a summative component consisting of a mature written proposal and interview.
Course Coordinator: Professor Robert Richards
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Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Read research literature in the area of genetics in depth.
- Understand the concept of hypothesis driven research and formulation of an hypothesis, as demonstrated in the preliminary Frontiers in Genetics interview.
- Understand the concept of novel, well-founded research as demonstrated in the preliminary Frontiers in Genetics interview.
- Apply the principles of appropriate experimental design to rigorously test an hypothesis, as evidenced in the final Frontiers in Genetics interview.
- Make predictions and interpret experimental data.
- Communicate results in both oral and written format.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,4,5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3,5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesActivity 1: Choice of topic, including identifying and seeking guidance from expert in field
Activity 2: Preparation of preliminary submission of hypothesis containing evidence that it is novel, well founded and non-trivial
Activity 3: Interview with panel of three academics to gain feedback – primarily formative
Activity 4: Preparation of mature submission incorporating feedback on preliminary submission, and fully developed ideas on experimental approach and interpretation of data
Activity 5. Interview with panel of three academics to defend the proposal - summative.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in this course should expect to spend, on average, 12 hours per week on this 6 unit course. This is primarily self-directed reading and developing hypotheses and experimental plans, and includes two formal interviews, each of 40 minutes duration.
Learning Activities Summary1. Preliminary Frontiers in Genetics (FiG) Proposal and Interview - 20% (word limit = 600; Interview 40 minutes)
2. Mature Frontiers in Genetics (FiG) Proposal and Defence - 80% (word limit = 2,500; Interview 40 minutes)
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading
Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment for both
Semester 1 and 2
Frontiers in Genetics
(FiG) Proposal - Preliminary (20%)
20% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Frontiers in Genetics
(FiG) Proposal - Final (80%)
Summative 80% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Week 28
Assessment DetailThe preliminary Frontiers in Genetics (FiG) proposal consists of a 600 word written submission, followed by a 40 minute interview with a panel. The final FiG proposal consists of a 2,500 word written submission, followed by a 40 minute interview with the panel.
For the written proposal, assessment is focussed on the originality and underlying logic of the proposal, the adequacy of background information, the appropriateness of the hypothesis, the practicality and feasibility of the experiments, and the ability of the experimental approach to allow the hypothesis to be rigorously tested.
For the oral discussion, assessment is focussed on demonstrating skills in reinforcing the written proposal and in discussing the proposition, evidence of a thorough understanding of the topic and the proposed experiments, and the clarity and adequacy of presentation.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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