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  • Objectives
    Course objectives include:

    * extending students' abilities in oral and written scientific communication;
    * understanding the way in which experiments in genetics are designed, communicated and interpreted;
    * acquiring experience in planning and executing laboratory or field-based experimental research; and
    * developing effective skills in data collection and analysis and postulating testable hypotheses based on this data.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Sciences - Genetics
  • Course description
    Students undertaking the Master of Science (Genetics program) will complete 200 points comprising:

    * 25 points of Discipline subjects;
    * 25 points of Elective Discipline subjects;
    * 25 points of Professional Tools subjects; and
    * a 125 point Research Project.

    Discipline subjects: 25 points

    Students must take:

        * 652-603 Advanced Topics in Genetics A, and
        * Advanced Topics in Genetics B (semester 1, 2010)

    Students need not complete Advanced Topics in Genetics A prior to enrolling in Advanced Topics in Genetics B.

    Elective Discipline subjects
    : 25 points

    Students must take 25 points of the following:

        * 600-606 Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques;
        * 600-608 Genomics and Bioinformatics (semester 1, 2010);
        * 600-651 Microscopy for Biological Sciences;
        * 12.5 or 25 points of other approved subjects.

    Professional Tools subjects: 25 points

    Students must take:

        * 600-619 Science and Communication and
        * 600-615 Thinking and Reasoning with Data.

    Research Project: 125 points

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science (Genetics program) are required to complete a 125 point Research Project. Students will need to discuss their proposed combination of Research Project subjects with the course coordinator to ensure they will have completed a total of 125 points by the end of their course.

        * 652-671 Research Project - 12.5 points
        * 652-672 Research Project - 25.0 points
        * 652-673 Research Project - 37.5 points
        * 652-675 Research Project - 50.0 points

    Students will gain research experience in Genetics by completing:

        * a research proposal including a literature review (10%, with a word limit of 5,000);
        * a minor thesis at the end of the first year (30%, with a word limit of 8,000); and
        * a thesis at the end of the second year (60%, with a word limit of 15,000).

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    652-675  Advanced Genetic Research
    This subject involves laboratory or field-based experimental research in an area of Genetics. The research projects cover a broad range of research from molecular to population and evolutionary genetics in micro-organisms, insects, plants and animal...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     50

    652-603  Advanced Topics in Genetics A
    This subject will focus on one or more current areas of Genetic research and aims to provide students with an in-depth coverage of these areas with respect to recent advances and insights. This subject will extend basic knowledge in these areas gain...     Semester 1     12.50

    600-606  Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques
    This subject is focussed on the use of molecular techniques to study gene and protein functions in a range of organisms. It aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of the strategies and techniques used in molecular biology of relevanc...     Semester 2     12.50

    600-651  Microscopy for Biological Sciences
    Microscopy is the key technique for imaging fine structure in biological specimens. This subject will introduce the range of methods and capabilities of light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and laser scanning confocal micr...     Semester 1     12.50

    600-615  Thinking and Reasoning with Data
    What conclusion can be drawn from a pool of data? How can a scientist draw meaningful conclusions while not overreaching? How can modelling help the scientist interpret data? This subject will address these questions by teaching students critical th...     Semester 1     12.50

    600-619  Science and Communication
    This subject reviews the range of competencies needed to operate effectively in the workplace.Students develop a clear understanding of the nature of managerial work and the kinds of skills required to manage oneself and others in organisations. Comm...     Semester 1     12.50

    652-671  Advanced Genetic Research
    This subject involves laboratory or field-based experimental research in an area of Genetics. The research projects cover a broad range of research from molecular to population and evolutionary genetics in micro-organisms, insects, plants and animals...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     12.50

    652-672  Advanced Genetic Research
    This subject involves laboratory or field-based experimental research in an area of Genetics. The research projects cover a broad range of research from molecular to population and evolutionary genetics in micro-organisms, insects, plants and animals...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     25

    652-673  Advanced Genetic Research
    This subject involves laboratory or field-based experimental research in an area of Genetics. The research projects cover a broad range of research from molecular to population and evolutionary genetics in micro-organisms, insects, plants and animals...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     37.50

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