USQ Logo
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

BIO3203 Applications in Medical Biotechnology

Semester 2, 2021 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 : 069999 - Health not elsewhere classifie
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Eliza Whiteside


Pre-requisite: BIO3103
Co-requisite: BIO3207


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.


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.


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;
  2. Perform laboratory experiments safely and successfully with appropriate equipment, including molecular and conventional microbiological apparatus, computer software and hardware for data acquisition and analysis;
  3. Apply skills required for the preparation and presentation of a detailed research poster.


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. Literature retrieval and review, data generation, analysis and presentation 25.00

Text and Materials

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

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, H.E., 2021, Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 14th edn, Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia PA.
(*this textbook is freely available to students online through the USQ Library using USQ credentials •!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C20170004883.)
Kumar, V., Abbas, A.K. & Fausto, N., 2020, Robbins and Cotran: pathologic basis of disease, 10th edn, Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia.
(*this textbook is freely available to students online through the USQ Library using USQ credentials.)
Other suitable references will be cited in the study materials and links made available on StudyDesk.

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 Objectives Assessed Notes
Mini-literature review 20 20 02 Aug 2021 3 (see note 1)
Completed laboratory workbook 20 20 23 Aug 2021 1,2 (see note 2)
Digital research poster 60 60 24 Sep 2021 1,2,3 (see note 3)

  1. The examiner will advise the requirements for the assignment during the first week of semester.
  2. The examiner will advise the requirements for the assignments during the first week of semester.
  3. The examiner will advise the requirements for the assignments 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 (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 (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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. 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.

  3. 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%.

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 (

Date printed 8 November 2021