Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours |
Total Time Commitment:
Either of the following:
Study Period Commencement:
Semester 1, Semester 2
or any other subject with the approval of co-ordinators.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:|| |
Biological/biomedical 200 level knowledge
|Non Allowed Subjects:|| |
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Gary Hime, Dr Mary Familari
Dr Gary Hime
Dr Mary Familari
This subject introduces students to advanced research topics in modern stem cell biology with respect to current roles of stem cells in development of organisms, regenerative medicine and ethical considerations of biotechnological applications.
Different types of stem cells will be discussed with emphasis on embryonic stem cells compared to adult stem cells and roles in embryonic development and adult tissue regeneration. Diseases such as cancer, anaemia etc., will be discussed in terms of dysregulation of tissue regeneration.
New therapies based on stem cells such as in vitro production of organs, stem cell transplantation and cloning will be presented along with the ethical dilemmas posted by these advances. The subject will also cover the latest advances in iPS cell technology and what this tells us about the nature of pluripotency.
To develop student awareness and knowledge of the major concepts relating to stem cell biology and regenerative medicine;
1 x 2 hour end of semester exam (70%)
2 x 40 minute multiple choice tests, one in mid semester and one late semester (10% each)
1 x written report (1200 words) due towards end of semester (10%)
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
None. Readings will be supplied.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Analysing complex scientific issues;
Making a constructive critique of a scientific proposal;
Performing written communication skills at a high standard;
Contributing to intellectual discussion;
Analysing how science interacts with society.
Master of Biotechnology |
Animal Cell Biology (specialisation of Cell and Developmental Biology major) |
Molecular Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major)
Plant Cell Biology and Development (specialisation of Cell and Developmental Biology major)
Reproduction and Development (specialisation of Cell and Developmental Biology major)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
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