GENETICS 3110 - Advanced Molecular Biology IIIA (Genetics)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course combines lectures from GENETICS 3111 with practical exercises and/or laboratory placements in professional research laboratories. It includes a special set of tutorial/Problem Based Learning (PBL) exercises, not offered in any other course, which are designed to provide students with a perspective of how cutting-edge molecular biology principles and techniques are applied to major research questions. The PBL segment of course will include aspects of biochemistry, genetics, microbiology/immunology and chemistry. This course will illustrate that cross-disciplinary approaches are essential in modern research.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GENETICS 3110
    Course Advanced Molecular Biology IIIA (Genetics)
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 19 hours per fortnight
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites BIOCHEM 2510 or BIOCHEM 2102 & BIOCHEM 2520 or BIOCHEM 2202 & GENETICS 2510 or GENETICS 2102 & GENETICS 2520 or GENETICS 2202
    Incompatible BIOCHEM 3000, BIOCHEM 3125 & GENETICS 3111
    Restrictions Available to BSc(MolBiol) students only
    Course Description This course combines lectures from GENETICS 3111 with practical exercises and/or laboratory placements in professional research laboratories. It includes a special set of tutorial/Problem Based Learning (PBL) exercises, not offered in any other course, which are designed to provide students with a perspective of how cutting-edge molecular biology principles and techniques are applied to major research questions. The PBL segment of course will include aspects of biochemistry, genetics, microbiology/immunology and chemistry. This course will illustrate that cross-disciplinary approaches are essential in modern research.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jack Da Silva

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Knowledge at an advanced level of: the origin, structure, function and evolution of genomes and chromosomes; molecular phylogenetics; and the roles of chance, mutation and natural selection in evolution at the molecular genetic level
    2 Understanding of, and ability to interpret data from, techniques used to sequence genes, visualise chromosomes, analyse genomic data and conduct evolutionary analyses of molecular sequence data
    3 The ability to interpret the primary scientific literature in evolutionary genetics
    4 Develop an appreciation of the need for good experimental design and scientific research practices
    5 Understand both contemporary and new technologies and their potential in Molecular Biology research
    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
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This course will require the following texts and other resources:

    1. Copies of scientific papers (supplied by the lecturers)
    2. Practical manuals (supplied by lecturers running each practical)
    3. Practical Laboratories and computer suites 4. Scientific equipment
    5. Lecture theatres and tutorial rooms
    6. Access to University Library
    7. Access to computers and internet
    8. Students must supply laboratory coat and safety glasses for their own use
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Every week, there will be 3 lectures supported by 1 tutorial developing material covered in lectures and one or two practicals also developing material covered in lectures.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 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).
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary



    Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment Hurdle
    Yes or No
    Learning Outcome
    Final Examination Summative

    60%

    No 1,3,4,5
    Problem Based Learning Tutorials Summative 20% No 1,2,3,4,5
    Practical/Research reports Summative 20% No 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Detail
    Students do either Laboratory Placement or Practical (20% of total course grade): Laboratory Placement - comprised of one 10-15 minute oral presentation (4%), laboratory performance (6%) and written practical report (10%) in weeks 1-6.

    Practical Reports– DNA sequencing & PCR (10% of course grade); Chromosome structure & evolution (10% of course grade).

    PBL exercises, including assessment via 2 small group oral presentations, weeks 7-12: 20% of total course grade.

    Laboratory placement- Marked practical reports will be handed in at the end of week6 and promptly assessed by mentors/demonstrators to provide feedback to students and a sense of progressive accomplishment in the course.

    Practical reports- Marks are awarded after completion of the laboratory-based practical work for the quality of the written experimental notes and answers to questions included within the experimental handbook.

    Final examination (60% of course grade).  This will be a three hour examination assessing any/all theoretical aspects of the course. The examination includes a limited choice of questions within each subject area. 




    Submission
    Late submission of assessments

    If 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 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 or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
    Course Grading

    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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