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BIO2220 Biomedical Sciences Residential School 2

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Lindsay Brown
Moderator: John Dearnaley


Pre-requisite: BIO2120

Other requisites

BIO3219, BIO2218 and BIO2219


There is a need to provide students with opportunities that extend the academic learning environment and link into the professional world. This course builds on the fundamental laboratory methodology, data collection, analysis and presentation skills provided in BIO2120. The course will allow students to augment their laboratory experience and gain further training in fundamental and more advanced techniques associated with the biomedical sciences.


This course provides students with an opportunity to obtain further advanced practical biomedical sciences skills necessary to support their activity in a working laboratory or research setting. Candidates will augment their specialised subject knowledge and academic skills with practical skills. This course will allow students to improve their learning by the application of the theoretical concepts and skills into a laboratory setting. It is likely that the practical experience will enhance the student's post-graduation employment prospects.


On the completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Generate and analyse genetic data in practical situations (All assessments)
  2. Gain an understanding of the mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses and major adverse effects for drugs used in the treatment of cardiovascular, neurological and endocrine diseases (All assessments)
  3. Solve basic practical problems in genetics (All assessments)
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with the application and limitations of the major preparative and analytical tools used in human biochemistry, genetics, physiology and pharmacology (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Advanced skills in human biochemical methods 25.00
2. Advanced skills in human physiology and pharmacology methods 25.00
3. Fundamentall skills in genetic methods 25.00
4. Data generation, analysis and presentation 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • The examiner will provide an electronic version of a practical manual prior to the commencement of the residential school.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Hall JE 2011, Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 12th edn, Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia PA.
  • Marieb, EN Hoehn K 2013, Human anatomy and physiology, 9th edn, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Martini FH, Nath JL, Bartholomew EF 2012, Fundamental of Anatomy and Physiology, 9th edn, Pearson/ Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Nelson, DL & Cox, MM 2013, Lehninger principles of biochemistry, 6th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2012, Pharmacology, 7th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.
  • Silverthorn, DU 2010, Human Physiology, an integrated approach, 5th edn, Pearson/ Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 132.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 15 Jul 2013 (see note 1)
PRACTICAL COMPETENCE TESTING 50 50 15 Jul 2013 (see note 2)
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL REPORT 30 30 15 Jul 2013 (see note 3)

  1. The pre-residential school report is designed to assist your preparation for the residential school. The examiner will advise the due dates and requirements for the assignments.
  2. Assessment of practical competence and presentation skills are integrated with activities during the residential school.
  3. The examiner will advise the due dates and requirements for the reports.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course­related activities and administration.
    To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the Residential School which delivers the practical component for the semester, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course and maintain a satisfactory record of practical work.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.