ANAT SC 3104 - Investigative Cell Biology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code ANAT SC 3104 Course Investigative Cell Biology Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible 7997 (pre-2002) Assumed Knowledge ANAT SC 2104, ANAT SC 2105, ANAT SC 2103, ANAT SC 2102 or equivalent Course Description Investigative Cell Biology will provide students with a foundation to be good researchers by providing a variety of laboratory and analytical skills. Specifically this course studies cell biology from an investigative perspective, understanding cell biology processes intimately relate to relevant scientific techniques. Modern investigative approaches to studying cell biology are emphasised. Topics included selected important aspects of cell function: protein synthesis, cell differentiation, cell reproduction and cell death. Investigative Cell Biology will facilitate students in developing and improving various skills such as critical thinking, critical evaluation and analysis as well as academic writing, planning and conducting research, time management and independent research.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Tania Crotti
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Identify current and emerging research techniques in human health and disease 2 Generate, illustrate and interpret experimental results in a medical research setting 3 Explain how the structures at the level of cells, tissues and organs relate to their overall function in both healthy and disease states 4 Critically evaluate scientific literature used in medical research 5 Assemble and record a range medical scientific literature 6 Communicate self generated medical research findings in written and oral format
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
4-6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesLaboratory Books (to be provided per group)
It is a requirement of this course that you maintain a detailed laboratory book (these will be provided to your group at the start of the semester) for your group project. This book should be written in ink (not pencil) and English as it is a permanent record of your research endeavours, and all entries must be dated and signed weekly by your demonstrator. It should detail all of the experiments that you undertake, including those that did not work for one reason or another. All protocols must be written in sufficient detail to be understood and replicated by another scientist working the same area or using the same methods. References to techniques derived from elsewhere must be clearly indicated, or more preferably, recorded in the laboratory book. International protocol is that these SHOULD NOT leave the laboratory. At the end of the course the laboratory book must be handed in with the group report and will remain the property of the School (students may make a copy, if they so wish).
The course does not have a required textbook. The lecturers teaching into the course teach current knowledge in their field and research areas and will provide journal articles or links to information to complement the lecture material via MyUni.
Please ensure all records, images and data files are given to the laboratory when you leave in order for them to utilise and continue the work.
The preferred mode of communication of information and notices to students is by MyUni notices and email. All students will be issued with a student email address by the University, which the Co-ordinator will use for general communication with you. Because of the difficulty in confirming receipt, it is considered that you have received our communication when emails are sent to you. It is by this mechanism that you will be informed of changes to schedules and other important information. It is your responsibility to check your email on a daily basis.
The School of Medical Sciences now receives centralised IT support via the University IT services (ITS). Help is available by phoning the ITS Helpdesk on 8313 3000 during working hours. Note that support is limited to issues with accounts and University-owned computer software and hardware. Nevertheless it is possible to use personal computers on the University network and at home. A wireless secure LAN connection is available to all member of the University with a valid email account, for use with personal computers within the University. Reception is possible within various areas on campus. The University account also provides access from home for the cost of a local phone call. Every student has access to web-mail for use anywhere in the world (see: http://webmail.adelaide.edu.au).
We cannot stress enough how important it is to backup your data and written work regularly. Please ensure that you have well-established routines for backing up your work from the beginning of the year. In previous years there have been problems where students are unable to retrieve lost work, causing a great deal of unnecessary stress for everyone.
Academic Learning and Language
Supporting Student Learning
Maths Learning Service
The Maths Learning Service (MLS) offers free support for all University of Adelaide students meeting their maths (including stats) in their studies. The Maths Learning Service and the Maths Drop-In Centre is located on Level 2 of the Plaza Building on the North Terrace campus. (It is at reference G9 on the printable North Terrace Campus map). Access to the Centre will be via the entrance to the Horace Lamb Building, past the Health Service and up the stairs to Level 2 of the Plaza Building. Please follow the signs to the Centre. We offer the following services:
The Maths Drop-In Centre: The Drop-In Centre is open from 10am-4pm during teaching weeks and swot vacs. Our friendly staff is available during these times to help all students understand maths in their university courses. No appointment is necessary. During breaks, assistance is still available by contacting the MLS and making an appointment.
Bridging Courses: The MLS provides free self-paced bridging courses to cover prerequisite maths knowledge.
Online and Print Resources: We provide quick revision worksheets on various maths topics plus online refresher modules. Our website also contains links to useful maths resources specific to various University of Adelaide courses.
For further information : http://www.adelaide.edu.au/mathslearning/
Maths Learning Centre, Level 3 East, Hub Central
This course will provide an online learning environment and all material will be provided to students through the University of Adelaide’s online management system MyUni. In particular students may undertake online learning using the Articulate Storyline Software, complete online assignments through MyUni, submit assignments online, participate in discussion boards and blogs. Links will be provided throughout the semester.
Note: students do not need Articulate Storyline Software; only access to MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace to face lectures – this course benefits from the real time delivery of content. Academic staff and affiliates from the all the disciplines within the School of Medical Science will be used to deliver lectures specific to cell biology, and current research techniques for investigations. These lectures are supported by practicals, whereby small groups of students undertake a semester long research project. Face to face lectures offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology. As much of the content for this course is NOT supported by textbooks we support the audio and video capture of lecture content as an aid to revision.
Articulate presentations – the School of Medical Sciences has a number of staff that are expert in its use. The advantage to the student is the freedom to progress through content at their own pace while receiving in time support for their learning. This is particularly helpful for the nature of the content which will be available for revision across the semester. The School of Medical Sciences has a purpose built e-learning room with dedicated PC access to training support software.
Laboratory-based Practicals – weekly practicals sessions enable small group research discovery and peer interaction around a semester long research project.
Discussion board – discussion boards will provide an interactive portal for students to post questions that may be of common interest to the group.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This is a 3 unit course, and we expect that students should be spending 4 hours per week on reading and lecture preparation and attendance; 2 hours per week attending/listening to lectures and 4 hours laboratory work (including reading and writing) and 2 hours per week on revision for tests and examinations.
Learning Activities SummaryPleasew refer to access adelaide for timetable of room locations and times.
The course consistes of 2 leacures per week and a practical session 1-5pm on Tuesday afternoon.
Topics covered include but are not restricted to Bone and Joint pathology, Cardiovascular Pathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Stem Cell Biology.
Topics are delivered by research active academics and affiliates and linke disease process to the ways of investigating in a laboroatory setting.
This is a dynamic course where but different lecturers may be involved from year to year and their topic focus will reflect current studies and interests in their lab.
Specific Course RequirementsCompletion of OHSW induction is required prior to commencing in the laboratory. This will be available online. Site specific inductions will also be required as exposure to different risks will vary between laboratories.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceInvestigative Cell Biology runs semester long small group projects, which can be considered a “Small Group Discovery Experience”. Students will work in small groups of two or three and will be matched with an experienced research active senior academic for the duration of the semester. Face to face meetings offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to plan and experience hands on research. This enables students to match research practical applications with theoretical concepts and provide additional opportunities to clarify complex procedures, descriptions and terminology.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
Assessment Related RequirementsThere are 4 assessment tasks for Investigative Cell Biology. For students to pass Investigative Cell Biology a mark of at least 50% must be attained for the combined assessments. To qualify for a an academic replacement exam an overall mark of 45% must be obtained. A replacement examination may be offered on medical grounds.
Assessment DetailMid Semester Test (15% of grade )
Tests and examinations will be graded using marks. This test will assess lecture material. It is designed to promote continuous learning of course content and preparation for the examination as well as feedback on your level of knowledge and understanding as you progress in the course. Attendance at this test is compulsory. If you miss the test for legitimate reasons (ie medical grounds) there WILL NOT be any opportunity to re-sit the test. However, it will mean that your end-of-semester exam will be worth 50%. If you fail to sit the test and do not have any medical documentation then you will receive 0 for the missed test.
For the practical component students are required to undertake a research project. Students will work in small groups of three or 4 and will be asked to sign up to a project via the My Uni web page. To join a project, select Groups from the list on the left handside of the ICB MyUni site, then select “view sign up sheet to join a group” and then read the list of project topics from 1-10. Once you have made your selection you click the “sign up” button under the topic. Once you have done this it is final and cannot be changed. The research projects are designed to introduce students to the various stages of the research process, from the development of a research proposal, to formulating an hypothesis, executing a series of experiments to investigate the topic, critically evaluating the results, and discussing them in the context of current literature. At the end of the project, each group of students have to write and submit a detailed research report, in the form of a short paper. During the research project students will develop, and refine, skills in the following areas:
· Organisation and time management.
· Critical thinking.
· Experimental design and hypothesis formulating and testing.
· Collaboration with colleagues as co-workers.
· Data collection, synthesis and analysis.
· Data discussion in relation to current literature.
Students will be asked to read the relevant literature and, with assistance and advice from Tania and Kencana, identify the issue(s) they wish to investigate, and design an appropriate research strategy.
Research proposal (20% of grade)
A written research proposal must be submitted in the form of a written plan by Week 4 of semester emailed to Tania AND Kencana. The
following questions should be addressed in the research proposal, and will be used to assess each group's proposed research strategy. :
· Is the title clear?
· Is the title related to the proposed research topic?
· Are the objectives of the research clearly outlined?
· Has a valid justification for conducting the research been provided?
· Can the project be achieved given the resources that are likely to be available?
· Has a realistic timetable for the completion of the project been indicated?
· Are the research methods appropriate to the question(s) in hand?
· Does the project require ethics
Format: The maximum length for the research proposal is 750 words excluding images and referencing. Please use Times New Roman size 12 font, and use double spacing throughout your assignment.
Referencing: Please use numbered citation in order of appearance OR alphabetical. As this is a 3rd year course please do not cite websites or textbooks. We strongly encourage you to use endnote for consistent formatting.
Please include a coversheet
Your proposal should be named as follows:
Group member surnames in alphabetical order_Research_Proposal_2016. For example: Bowen_Crotti_Gibson_Research_Proposal_2016.
Please send both a word and PDF version of your proposal. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your proposal by 5pm on the due date. If you do not receive this email, please contact both Tania and Kencana.
The practical work should start as soon as possible after meeting with the appointed supervisor completed by the end of week 11 of the semester. Please be aware that this is also an important time in the National Research Funding cycle and your supervisor may be more limited in availability.
Oral Presentation of Research Proposal (30% of final grade)
As all graduates from the University of Adelaide are expected to have competency in oral and written dissemination of information related to your degree field, you will be expected to give a short (10mins + 5 min questions) presentation of your group project
The following questions may serve as a guide for your oral presentaton:
· Has a clear statement of the question, or hypothesis, to be investigated been presented?
· Has a thorough explanation of the question being investigated been provided?
· Is the explanation clear, well reasoned, and logical?
· Are all components in the explanation given appropriate attention?
· Is the presentation well organised?
· Is the text legible and free from grammatical and typographical errors?
· Is appropriate use made of figures and tables?
· Are figures/tables easily understood?
· Has the research been appropriately discussed in relation to that of other literature of the field?
· Does the report reflect the research methods and resources appropriate to the topic?
· Are the conclusions supported by the data obtained?
· Is there evidence of critical evaluation of results?
· Does the project require ethics?
The content of your presentation should give a concise overview of your project. It is important to illustrate key points with diagrams and images. It is compulsory for you to attend this session.
· Powerpoint programs must be compatible with Windows 7
· Your presentations must be given to either Tania or Kencana (either via email or USB) no later than 9am on the morning of the symposium to allow for loading.
· Your presentation must be based on diagrams and illustrations – simply reading notes out loud is discouraged.
Examination (35% of final grade)
There will be a two hour theory examination for this subject.
Important information about exams that all students should be aware of can be found at
Tests and examinations will be graded using marks. Questions in the written theory paper will be based on material covered in the lectures. The examination aims to examine the depth of a student’s understanding of the topics that have been covered during the semester. The total possible mark for the exam will be specified on the test / examination. Marks for individual questions in the examination will be stated on the question paper. The marks give a guide as to how much you should write in your answer. Do not assume that, for example, 3
marks means that only 3 points/facts must be covered in the answer. Three marks just means that you need not give as much, or as detailed, information as for a 10 mark question.
SubmissionAll assignments are to be submitted via email as both a word file AND PDF to both Dr Tania Crotti and Dr Kencana Dharmapatni. All submissions will be acknowledged via return email by 5pm of the day submitted.
If you find that you need an extension for an assignment you must notify Dr Tania Crotti or Dr Kencana Dharmapatni prior to the due date. All late submissions without extensions will be penalised at the rate of 30% per day. Attendance at the oral research symposium is compulsory. An attendance roll will be taken.
Please refer to University policy on submisison and replacement assessments.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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