BIOTECH 1000 - Introduction to Biotechnology I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code BIOTECH 1000 Course Introduction to Biotechnology I Coordinating Unit School of Molecular and Biomedical Science Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Restrictions Available to BSc(Biotech) students only Course Description The course deal with the major elements of the global significance of biotechnology, the categories of biotechnology processes and products, and in the context of "traditional" vs "modern" biotechnology processes. Also, the key developments in the history of biotechnology and the enabling technologies - fermentation, downstream processing; recombinant methods, antibody monoclonals, analysis and automation, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics. Specific aspects of the biotechnology enterprises in South Australia and Australia are highlighted and then the broader issues dealing with biotechnology and society; considerations in the genesis of the typical biotechnology process/product/enterprise: development costs, venture capital, patenting, product safety, legislation and marketing. Case studies on the interdisciplinary nature of biotechnology and factors favouring local/regional development of a biotechnology industry will also be included.
Course Coordinator: Dr Stephen Kidd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe anticipated knowledge, skills and/or attitude to be developed by the student are:
1. Be able to define the term “biotechnology” and appreciate its scope
2. Have an awareness of the global significance of biotechnology and its resultant industries, and a broad knowledge of which are represented nationally and locally
3. Be familiar with the key events in the development of biotechnology
4. Be able to state the broad categories of biotechnological processes based on the products formed and/or the process or substrates used, and have detailed knowledge of examples of each of these
5. Have an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of biotechnology and the associated role that has been played by enabling technologies in the development of biotechnology
6. Have an awareness of some of the current and future issues surrounding the relationship between biotechnology and government, investors, the environment and consumers and the impact of these on the development of future biotechnology enterprises.
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5,6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 5, 6, Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5,6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5,6
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course contains two 50-minute lectures and a four hour practical session each week for 12 weeks. These timeslots involve lectures, tutorials, field trips and associated workshops.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision). In addition to attendance at lectures, tutorials and field trips as outlined in the course timetable students will be required to work in groups to prepare presentations as well as other tasks associated with practicals. Students are expected to attend all planned teaching activities to maximise their chances of success. In addition students are expected to spend ~ 2 hour per lecture and 1 hour per tutorial/practical in revision and preparation respectively. Sudents should spend a minimum of 5 hours (in addition to the time outlined above) in preparation of assignments, and a minimum of 10 hours (in addition to the time outlined above) in revision for the end of semester exam.
Learning Activities Summary
Week 1 Lecture: What is Biotechnology?Practical: Oral presentation workshopWeek 2 Lecture: Recombinant technologyPractical: BioSA visitWeek 3 Lecture: Recombinant technologyPractical: Project workWeek 4 Lecture: Developing technologies, legal aspects.Practical: Oral presentationsWeek 5 Lecture and Practical: Plant biotechnology (with Waite Campus visit)
Week 6 Lecture : Plant biotechnologyPractical: GMO debate
Week 7 Lecture: Guest lecture
Tutorial: questions and answer session
Week 8 Lecture: Microbial Biotech
Practical: Hospira field trip
Week 9 Lecture: Microbial Biotech
Practical: Field trip discussion
Week 10 Lecture: Biotech/Pharma
Practical: Job application project
Week 11 Lecture: Bioprocessing
Practical: Biochemical Engineering project
Week 12 Lecture: Downstream processing
Practical: Biochemical engineering project work
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- 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.
Assessment SummaryAssessment task Type of assessment Percent total assessment Outcomes being
Oral presentation Formative 14.5 1-6
Job Application Summative 8.5 1-6
Essay Formative 8.5 1-6 Debate/essay Formative/Summative 8.5 1-6
Exam Summative 60 1-6
Oral presentation will require students working within groups to orally present information on a given topic. The students select a topic from a long list or have the opportunity to design their own topic (under consultation with lecturer). The presentation is as a group, 15 min. and includes a questions session on the topic.
The Job application is directly related with the student linking information they would have been provided within the lectures/tutorials. Aspects are directly in line with the overall theme of the course, what is a biotechnologist and then what areas of this broad definition students are interested in. This is a 3-4 page written job application for a biotechnologist and is due after the workshop on this topic.
The essay directly relates to the lectures on chemical engineering and biotechnology and then further reading that has been directed. There is a selection of topics and these require the students to informatively discuss issues relating to this interface between chemical engineering, industry and biotechnology (1500-2000 words).
The debate/essay has taken the form of a written argument on a question on GM foods. There is a discussion during the associated workshop on the questions and the students need to identify the key issues and controversies and make an argument that answers the question (750-1000 words).
End of Semester Exam: This summative assessment activity will comprehensively address the learning outcomes. This assessment uses a mix of questions and short answer questions to test student comprehension of specific theory relating to the course. In particular, the ability to apply the theory to solve practical problems, and development of logical thought within the framework of the scientific method.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment. The examiner may elect not to accept any assignment that a student wants to submit after the assignments for the rest of the class have been marked and feedback provided.
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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
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