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BIO2220 Techniques in Comparative Physiology 2

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Techniques Comparative Phys 2
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

Pre-requisite: BIO2120

Rationale

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. Therefore, this course provides students with opportunities to extend their academic learning environment and create links to the professional world.

Synopsis

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.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.

Objectives

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

  1. Explain the mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses and major adverse effects for drugs used in the treatment of cardiovascular, neurological and endocrine diseases;
  2. Generate and critically analyse physiological data in the laboratory;
  3. Work safely, professionally and ethically in the laboratory;
  4. Use scientific and research writing conventions to compile a research 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

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=02&subject1=BIO2220)

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.
Hall, J.E 2020, Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 14th edn, Saunders / Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA.
(This textbook is freely available online through the Library for students with their USQ Connect username and password.)
Karp, G, Iwasa, J, Marshall, W 2020, Karp's and molecular biology: concepts and experiments, 9th edn, Wiley, New York.
Nelson, DL & Cox, MM 2017, Lehninger principles of biochemistry, 7th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
Ritter, JM, Flower, R; Henderson, G, Loke, YK; MacEwan, D, Rang, HP 2020, Rang and Dale's Pharmacology, 9th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney,
<https://www.clinicalkey.com.au/#!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C2016004202X>.
(This textbook is freely available online through the Library for students with their USQ Connect username and password.)

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 03 Sep 2021 1,4
Practical Competence Testing 100 50 10 Sep 2021 1,2,3
Laboratory Report 100 30 13 Oct 2021 1,2,4

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 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 courseĀ­-related activities and administration.
    Student attendance at the residential school is mandatory. The residential school delivers the practical component for the semester, students must 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-. 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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.

  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". An originality index must be generated and will be checked - an acceptable Turnitin similarity index is <15%.

  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 8 November 2021