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BIO2120 Techniques in Comparative Physiology 1

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Techniques Comparative Phys 1
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 : 019909 - Laboratory Technology
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Louisa Windus

Requisites

Co-requisite: BIO2118 and (STA2300 or STA1003)

Rationale

Real world experience in the biomedical science laboratory allows students to practically implement the knowledge obtained in their theory-based courses. A working knowledge of equipment and instruments in the biomedical science laboratory as well as quantitative skills for analysing biomedical science data are essential for graduates in biomedical science. Techniques in Comparative Physiology 1 enables students to be instructed and gain training in fundamental techniques in biomedical science, particularly in the disciplines of physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology.

Synopsis

Techniques in Comparative Physiology 1 comprises a week of laboratory-based residential school that instructs students to operate biomedical science laboratory equipment and instruments. This equipment and instruments are used to produce data that is analysed using quantitative skills such as generating standard curves and statistics.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.

Objectives

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

  1. Competently apply a range of laboratory techniques;
  2. Work safely and ethically in the biomedical science laboratory;
  3. Use quantitative skills to generate, analyse, summarise and report experimental data;
  4. Employ literature retrieval and academic writing skills to generate a scientific laboratory report.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Laboratory skills in physiology, biochemistry and molecular methods 50.00
2. Data generation, analysis and presentation 35.00
3. Health and safety in the research laboratory 15.00

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=2021&sem=01&subject1=BIO2120)

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.
Karp, G., Iwasa, J., Marshall, W 2020, Karp's Cell and molecular biology: concepts and experiments, 9th edn, Wiley, New York.
Nicholl, D 2008, Introduction to genetic engineering, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2016, Rang and Dale's Pharmacology, 8th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.
Ritter, JM, Flower, R; Henderson, G, Loke, YK; MacEwan, D, Rang, HP 2019, Rang and Dale's Pharmacology, 9th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.
(• This textbook is freely available online through the Library for students with their USQ Connect username and password • https://www.clinicalkey.com.au/#!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C2016004202X.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Private Study 85.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Pre-practical Assessment 100 20 01 Apr 2021 4
Oral Presentation 10 10 14 Apr 2021 3,4
Practical Competence Testing 100 40 16 Apr 2021 1,2,3
Laboratory Report 100 30 05 May 2021 3,4

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory residential school. The residential school 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. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as 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.

  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 achieve at least 50% for the Practical Competence Testing (Proficiency Hurdle) and 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:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. Students should be aware that the originality of any submitted assignment will be checked by the USQ service, "Turnitin". Additional details will be provided on StudyDesk and with the assignment requirements.

  2. 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. . 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

  3. 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.

Date printed 18 June 2021