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If anyone is interested, here’s the subjects I’m doing in the third year of my B.Sc. at Sydney Uni.
BIOL3027 – BIOINFORMATICS AND GENOMICS
A unit of study comprising lectures, practical assignments and tutorials on the application of bioinformatics to the storage, retrieval and analysis of biological information, principally in the form of nucleotide and amino acid sequences. Although the main emphasis is on sequence data, other forms of biological information are considered.The unit begins with the assembly and management of nucleotide sequence data and an introduction to the databases that are normally used for the storage and retrieval of biological data, and continues with signal detection and analysis of deduced products, sequence alignment, and database search methods. Phylogenetic reconstruction based on distance-based methods, parsimony methods and maximum-likelihood methods is described and students are introduced to the idea of tree-space, phylogenetic uncertainty, and taught to evaluate phylogenetic trees and identify factors that will confound phylogenetic inference. Finally, whole genome analysis and comparative genomics are considered. The unit gives students an appreciation of the significance of bioinformatics in contemporary biological science by equipping them with skills in the use of a core set of programs and databases for “in silico” biology, and an awareness of the breadth of bioinformatics resources and applications.
BIOL3018 – APPLICATIONS OF RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY
A unit of study with lectures, practicals and tutorials on the application of recombinant DNA technology and the genetic manipulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Lectures cover the applications of molecular genetics in biotechnology and consider the impact and implications of genetic engineering. Topics include the cloning and expression of foreign genes in bacteria, yeast, animal and plant cells, novel human and animal therapeutics and vaccines including human gene therapy, new diagnostic techniques for human and veterinary disease, the transformation of animal and plant cells, the genetic engineering of animals and plants, and the environmental release of genetically-modified (transgenic) organisms. Practical work may include nucleic acid isolation and manipulation, gene cloning and PCR amplification, DNA sequencing and computer analysis of gene sequences, immunological detection of proteins, and the genetic transformation and assay of plants.
NEUR3001 – NEUROSCIENCE: SPECIAL SENSES
The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system and to the main concepts of processing of sensory information. Understanding basic sensory transduction mechanisms and the function of the sensory systems is necessary to understand how perceptual processes work in normal and disease conditions and provides a gateway to unravel the complexity of the mind. Basic aspects of low and high level sensory processing in all sense modalities will be covered, with a special emphasis in the auditory and visual systems. The relationship between sensory systems, perception and higher cognitive functions will be addressed.
NEUR3002 – NEUROSCIENCE: MOTOR SYSTEMS & BEHAVIOUR
The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Our current knowledge of how the brain works is based on the analysis of the normal structure of the nervous system and its pathways, the functional effects of lesions and neurological diseases in different parts of the nervous system, and the way that nerve cells work at the molecular, cellular and integrative level. This course focuses on to the neural circuits and the mechanisms that control somatic and autonomic motor systems, motivated behaviours, emotions, and other higher order functions. The lecture series addresses the different topics, each of which offers special insight into the function of the nervous system in health and disease.
SO BUSY with uni stuff right now. It’s just crazy. I have to write heaps and heaps and gazillions of research papers – crazy Bachelor of Science! MedSci was just all about regurgitating facts, didn’t have to write hardly anything. Oh well, kind of fun, and not too long to go before exams and FREEDOM.
Here is my top 10 cheesy songs at the moment to get me through this “difficult time”:
1) The Only Exception – Glee Cast
2) Barbara Streisand – Duck Sauce
3) Until You Were Gone – Chipmunk
4) Wake Up Everybody – John Legend & the Roots
5) What I Did For Love – Glee Cast
6) Beautiful Monster – Ne-Yo
7) Size Of Your Boat – Jeffree Star
8) Naturally – Selena Gomez & the Scene
9) All the Lovers – Kylie
10) Green Light – Roll Deep
I’ve just finished my lab report for Molecular Biology on gene mapping in the Queensland fruit fly. I have uploaded it here for posterity, so that when I am a famous geneticist I can look back on it and laugh at its simplicity and obvious errors! But right now, I’m quite proud of it.
I just spent an hour or so mapping out all the assessment that I have to do this semester. I am rather shocked! There are twenty in total over the next 7 weeks. I’ve never thought to do this when I was studying before (ADHD, natch) and now I can see a bit better why some PLANNING may be in order! Especially since I have an advanced presentation due in like, 4 weeks, that I have to research and then present to the lecturers and my fellow advanced students. Eep!
Still, it feels good to be on top of things, roughly, kind of, sort of.
Here are the courses I’m doing this semester at the University of Sydney, if anyone’s interested:
ANAT2010: Concepts of Neuroanatomy
Students are introduced to the structure and organisation of the central and peripheral nervous system. The course begins with an exploration into the make-up of the individual cells, followed by an examination of the different regions of the nervous system. A final theme of the course touches on the organisation of various systems (sensory and motor), together with aspects of higher-order function (memory). In essence, the course covers general concepts of organisation, structure and function of the brain and its different areas. The practicals offer students the unique opportunity to examine specimens in the Anatomy labs and museum.
BIOL2917 Entomology (Advanced)
This is a general but comprehensive introduction to Insect Biology taught in 3 integrated modules. The first module examines morphology, classification, life histories and development, physiology, ecology, behaviour, conservation, and the biology of prominent members of major groups. The other two modules examine new developments in entomological research, focusing on research strengths at the University of Sydney, the biology of social insects and insect behaviour.
MBLG2972 Molecular Biology and Genetics B (Advanced)
This unit of study shows how modern molecular biology is being applied to the study of the genetics of all life forms from bacteria through to complex multicellular organisms including plants, animals and humans. Lecture topics include classical Mendelian genetics with an emphasis on its molecular basis, cytogenetics, bacterial genetics and evolution, molecular evolution, bioinformatics and genomics, developmental genetics and the techniques and applications of molecular genetics.
PCOL2012 Pharmacology: Drugs and People
This unit of study examines four important areas of Pharmacology: (1) drug action in the nervous system (2) drug discovery and development (3) pharmacotherapy of inflammation, allergy and gut disorders, and (4) drugs of recreation, dependence and addiction. The delivery of material involves lectures, practicals, computer-aided learning and problem-based workshops. Practical classes provide students with the opportunity of acquiring technical experience and teamwork. Problem-based workshops are based on real-life scenarios of drug use in the community. These workshops require students to integrate information obtained in lectures in order to provide solutions to the problems. Online quizzes accompany each module.
I start on Monday! Hurrah!