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BIO3203 Applications in Medical Biotechnology

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Applications Medical Biotech
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069900 - Other Health
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Eliza Whiteside

Requisites

Pre-requisite: BIO3103
Co-requisite: BIO3207

Rationale

Applications in Medical Biotechnology provides students with an opportunity to learn advanced practical biomedical sciences skills necessary to support their activity in a working laboratory or research setting. Students will further augment their theoretical knowledge in biomedical sciences with practical skills in molecular biology, cell biology and microbiology. This course will allow students to further enhance their learning by the application of the theoretical concepts and skills in a simulated research laboratory setting.

Synopsis

Medical Biotechnology is the application of all of the biomedical science disciplines to produce a diagnostic, prognostic, preventative or treatment for disease. This second capstone course allows students to further develop their technical, quantitative and analysis skills in the biomedical science laboratory. These skills are necessary for students moving into graduate biomedical science careers or further research study.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.

Objectives

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

  1. Use a range of molecular biology, cell biology, immunology and microbiology-based laboratory techniques (All assessments);
  2. Apply skills required for the preparation and presentation of a detailed research poster (All assessments);
  3. Perform laboratory experiments safely and sucessfully with appropriate equipment, including molecular and conventional microbiological apparatus, computer software and hardware for data acquisition and analysis (All assessments).

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Advancing skills in immunological methods 25.00
2. Advancing skills in cell biology methods 25.00
3. Advancing skills in molecular biology methods 25.00
4. Data generation, analysis and presentation 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=BIO3203)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

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.
Marieb, EN, Hoehn, K 2017, Essentials of human anatomy and physiology, 12th edn, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
Martini, FH, Nath JL & Batholomew EF 2017, Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, 11th edn, Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2015, Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 8th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Private Study 105.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 20 20 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 20 20 16 Jul 2019 (see note 2)
Assignment 3 60 60 16 Jul 2019 (see note 3)

Notes
  1. The examiner will advise the due dates and requirements for the assignments.
  2. Assessment due dates will be provided during the first week of semester
  3. Assessment due dates will be provided during the first week of semester

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory residential school. 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 course-related activities and administration. To maximize their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle) and must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency), i.e. the research poster and oral presentation (assignment 3) by achieving at least 50% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  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 in 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

  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. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  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.

    The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (http://www.usq.edu.au/handbook/current/resschoolsched.html).