Functional Genomics and Proteomics - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (50%) , Mid-study period test (10%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,019.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 2,269.00

This unit is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of functional genomics as applied to eukaryotic organisms. In particular, the focus will be on the use and applications of new technologies in this area. The syllabus is covered in a program of lectures, practical exercises, and computer-based activities designed to facilitate the acquisition  of knowledge in the area of contemporary functional genomics and its applications in plant, environmental and biomedical research.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this unit to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus:

Study Period 3:

  • TBA

Study Period 4:

  • TBA

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. List and discuss the uses of functional genomics and proteomics in agriculture, ecotoxicology and human health
  2. Apply functional genomics techniques in the laboratory
  3. Work effectively in a team to research and deliver a presentation on an aspect of functional genomics and proteomics
  4. Understand and discuss the ethics of applying genomics to human health.
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Mid-study period test (10%)
  • Quizzes — Online (10%)
  • Report — Practical (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Some on campus attendance

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Functional Genomics & Proteomics
2The Genomics of Plant Disease Resistance 1
3The Genomics of Plant Disease Resistance 2
6Sequencing Methods: Evolution
7Sequencing Methods: Analysis and Applications
8Real-time PCR 1
9Real-time PCR 2
10The Genomics of Abiotic Stress Tolerance
11Role of miRNAs
12RNA seq and applications

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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