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GENE360 Special Topics in Genetics

Guided work and assignments in literature research, evaluation and criticism of published papers, essay writing and data analysis.

GENE 360 is primarily aimed at students who are likely to undertake postgraduate studies in Genetics. The major aims of the paper are to give students experience in what it is like to be a scientist. In this paper, students will be introduced to reading, assessing, writing and talking about the scientific literature in genetics. Students in GENE 360 will have the opportunity to explore selected aspects of modern genetics in depth, visit a research lab and produce a short grant application.

Paper title Special Topics in Genetics
Paper code GENE360
Subject Genetics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
By invitation. Appropriate for students majoring in genetics wishing to continue with postgraduate studies.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
julia.horsfield@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Julia Horsfield (Department of Pathology)
Other teaching staff: Professor Iain Lamont (Department of Biochemistry), Professor Clive Ronson (Department of Microbiology and Immunology), Dr Heather Cunliffe (Department of Pathology), Professor Stephen Robertson (Department of Pathology) and Dr Jeanne Snelling (Faculty of Law) Dr. Tina Summerfield (Botany), Dr. Mik Black (Biochemistry)
Paper Structure
The lecture course is divided into eight 2-week tutorial blocks, plus five class meetings in which the class is prepared for upcoming assessment tasks. On the second week of each tutorial block, students are asked to participate in presentation exercises or group discussions. Tutorial blocks are focused on current topics of interest in Genetics and, in addition, cover practical aspects of life as a scientist, particularly with a view to postgraduate research. Examples include:
  • Reading and critiquing scientific papers
  • Publishing research
  • Ethics in genetics research
  • Careers in genetics
  • Scientific debates
The paper includes an opportunity to visit research laboratories and to hear about the experiences of current Genetics fourth-year students.
Teaching Arrangements
The laboratory tour and some assessment tasks are set outside of normal times.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.Students will be reading from the primary literature in this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The objective of GENE 360 is to enable students to apply Genetics knowledge post-graduation, with an emphasis on preparation for postgraduate studies. Outcomes include acquisition of:
  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • An ability to form and test hypotheses
  • An understanding of application of practical techniques
  • An understanding of extension of knowledge based on scientific fact
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Communication skills

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
AND
M1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

Guided work and assignments in literature research, evaluation and criticism of published papers, essay writing and data analysis.

GENE 360 is primarily aimed at students who are likely to undertake postgraduate studies in Genetics. The major aims of the paper are to give students experience in what it is like to be a scientist. In this paper, students will be introduced to reading, assessing, writing and talking about the scientific literature in genetics. Students in GENE 360 will have the opportunity to explore selected aspects of modern genetics in depth, visit a research lab and produce a short grant application.

Paper title Extension Topics and Research Skills
Paper code GENE360
Subject Genetics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
By invitation. Appropriate for students majoring in genetics wishing to continue with postgraduate studies.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
julia.horsfield@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Julia Horsfield (Department of Pathology)
Other teaching staff: Professor Iain Lamont (Department of Biochemistry), Professor Clive Ronson (Department of Microbiology and Immunology), Dr Heather Cunliffe (Department of Pathology), Professor Stephen Robertson (Department of Pathology) and Dr Jeanne Snelling (Faculty of Law) Dr. Tina Summerfield (Botany), Dr. Mik Black (Biochemistry)
Paper Structure
The lecture course is divided into eight 2-week tutorial blocks, plus five class meetings in which the class is prepared for upcoming assessment tasks. On the second week of each tutorial block, students are asked to participate in presentation exercises or group discussions. Tutorial blocks are focused on current topics of interest in Genetics and, in addition, cover practical aspects of life as a scientist, particularly with a view to postgraduate research. Examples include:
  • Reading and critiquing scientific papers
  • Publishing research
  • Ethics in genetics research
  • Careers in genetics
  • Scientific debates
The paper includes an opportunity to visit research laboratories and to hear about the experiences of current Genetics fourth-year students.
Teaching Arrangements
The laboratory tour and some assessment tasks are set outside of normal times.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.Students will be reading from the primary literature in this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The objective of GENE 360 is to enable students to apply Genetics knowledge post-graduation, with an emphasis on preparation for postgraduate studies. Outcomes include acquisition of:
  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • An ability to form and test hypotheses
  • An understanding of application of practical techniques
  • An understanding of extension of knowledge based on scientific fact
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Communication skills

^ Top of page

Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
AND
M1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41