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BIO3208 Pathology 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: Michael Kotiw
Moderator: John Dearnaley


Pre-requisite: BIO2106 and BIO2107 and BIO2215
Co-requisite: BIO3206 and BIO3207 and BIO3215


There is a need to provide students with opportunities that extend the academic learning environment and link into the professional world. This course allows students to experience and gain training in fundamental technologies associated with professional practice of Clinical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Cell and Molecular Biology. Candidates will have previous exposure in earlier courses and clinical placement to the theoretical basis of the technologies practiced in this course.


This course provides students with an opportunity obtain the fundamental practical in Clinical Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology and Cell and Molecular Biology skills necessary to support their activity in a working pathology laboratory and/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 theories and graduate skills developed into a laboratory setting. It is envisaged that the work experience will enhance the student's post-graduation employment prospects.


The aim of this course is to enable students to augment their theoretical knowledge of technologies used Clinical Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology and cell and molecular Biology practice by training and performance of practical skills.

  1. The course will also provide candidates with practical skills relevant to the pathology workplace or a research environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics will be provided by the examiner prior to commencement of residential school 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Brown, TA 2007, Genomes 3, Garland Science, New York.
  • Goering, R, Dockerell, HM, Zuckerman, M, Roitt, I & Chiodini, P 2012, Mimís Medical Microbiology, 4th edn, Elsevier Mosby.
  • Kaplan, LA & Pesce AJ 2010, Clinical Chemistry, 5th edn, Mosby.
  • Lewin, B, Cassimeris, L, Lingappa, VR & Plopper G 2007, Cells, Jones & Bartlett.
    (ISBN 9780763739058.)
  • The examiner will provide an electronic copy of the 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.
  • Alberts, B, et al 2002, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th edn, Garland Publishing Inc, New York.
  • Alberts, B, et al 2002, Molecular biology of the cell, 4th edn, Garrand Publishing Co.
    (ISBN 0815332181.)
  • Gaw, A, Murphy, MJ, Cowan, RA, O'Reilly, D St J, Stewart, MJ & Shepherd J 2008, Clinical Biochemistry, 4th edn, Churchill Livingstone.
  • Karp, G 2010, Cell and molecular biology, 6th edn, Wiley, New York.
    (ISBN 0 471 19279 1.)
  • Nelson, DL & Cox, MM 2008, Lehninger principles of biochemistry, 5th edn, WH Freeman, New Jersey.
    (ISBN 1 57259 156 6.)
  • V Kumar, AK Abbas & N Fausto 2009, Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th edn, Elsevier Saunders.
  • V Kumar, R Cotran & S Robbins 2007, Basic Pathology, 8th edn, Saunders & Co.
  • Wolpert, L 1998, Principles of Development, Oxford University Press, New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 118.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 40 40 16 Jul 2013 (see note 1)
PRACTICAL REPORT 60 60 16 Jul 2013 (see note 2)

  1. Examiner to advise on requirements for the assignment via USQ StudyDesk.
  2. Examiner to advise on requirements for the practical report via USQ StudyDesk.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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 course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment.

  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:
    All students who satisfy the requirements of the course will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Fail grade or an incomplete grade.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete-Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete-Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. A Course Assignment Cover Sheet must be signed by the student and attached to all assignments submitted for assessment. Failure to do so may result in the assignment not being marked.

  3. For referencing used in written submissions for assessment, students are required to use the Harvard System. Information about this referencing style can be obtained from the USQ Library.