Graduate Research School

Emerging Technologies for Biological ScienceWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 800186.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Students should have an undergraduate degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Medical Science, or Agricultural Science, with a background in biological sciences, including some knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and/or physiology.

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies/ Master of Research.

About this Unit
This unit serves to enhance the technological education and training for students undertaking research in biological, agricultural and medical sciences. The unit will teach current and emerging technologies utilised in biological investigations with a focus on model species of animals, plants, insects and microorganisms. The unit is structured around emerging technologies in research fields of: 1) whole organism physiology, 2) cell molecular biology and biochemistry, and 3) genomic and epigenomic processes encoded by the nucleus. Students will be exposed to a systems approach in order to investigate complex interactions with a view towards understanding the impacts of the environment on biological interactions. Teaching will be undertaken by Western Sydney University-HIE staff who are world leaders in their respective research fields.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Outlines of lectures and additional reading will be placed on the vUWS site for the unit. Students will have an approved lab coat, safety glasses and closed footwear for the laboratory practical sessions. Students will have appropriate safety clothes/equipment or they will be excluded from the practical session and will be marked as absent. Students are to follow lecturers’ and demonstrators’ instructions during practical classes. Students are advised to ensure that they have been immunised against tetanus within the last five years.

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