BIOCHEM 2510 - Advanced Molecular Biology IIA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code BIOCHEM 2510 Course Advanced Molecular Biology IIA Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1101 & 1201, 6 units of Level I Chemistry Corequisites CHEM 2510 or CHEM 2101 Restrictions Available to B Sc (Molecular Biology) students only Course Description This course combines special set of tutorials centred around research activities in molecular biology with practical exercises and/or laboratory placements. The content is designed to provide students with a perspective of how cutting edge molecular biology principles and techniques are applied to major research questions. The tutorial segment of the 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 Coordinator: Associate Professor Dan Peet
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 To understand key principles of how cells work, including gene regulation, protein synthesis and signal transduction 2 To locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide
variety of sources to understand the key principles of Molecular Biology
3 To read, interpret and discuss major contributions to Molecular Biology research published in scientific research literature 4 To develop effective, creative and innovative solutions, both
independently and cooperatively, to current and future research problems
in Molecular Biology
5 To foster intellectual curiosity in Molecular Biology and related fields that extends well beyond the course 6 To develop an understanding of the observational and experimental
character of science, including an appreciation of the need for good
experimental design and scientific research practices
7 To develop practical laboratory skills, generate raw experimental data,
and work safely and efficiently in a molecular biology laboratory
8 To critically analyse and interpret raw and published experimental data within the limitations of experimental design 9 To communicate using recognised scientific communication frameworks such as written reports and open discussion 10 To value the close relationship between scientific research, the development of new knowledge, and potential application
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. 1-4, 6-8 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-4, 6, 8, 10 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 10 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4, 7, 9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 3, 4, 8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5, 10 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 10
Required ResourcesAccess to major scientific research journals in the field of Molecular Biology (available through the University of Adelaide Library).
Specific reading material provided electronically before each tutorial and practical.
Recommended ResourcesThe use of TURNITIN as an educational tool to assist with tutorial reports.
Online LearningMyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWe encourage students to see the rewards from a science education and to become critical thinkers, with a focus on problem-based learning exercises and curiosity-driven tutorials in small groups, covering interdisciplinary topics from invited expertswithin the University of Adelaide, and close contact with senior researchers. Discussion and enquiry at all levels is actively encouraged, and written reports are used to provide both formative and summative feedback for each of the tutorials and practicals. We try to stimulate interest, independent, self-driven learning and understanding, and critical thinking in order to promote lifelong learning that is beneficial to students, sought by employers and implicit within the University’s Graduate Attributes.
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
(tutorials and practicals), as well as non-contact time (reading/research before and after each tutorial).
Learning Activities Summary
Week Type of learning activity Topic 1 Tutorial or other activity Introductory
tutorial on molecular biology research
3 Tutorial or other activity Molecular
Biology Research Tutorial 1
5 Tutorial or other activity Molecular
Biology Research Tutorial 2
8 Tutorial or other activity Molecular
Biology Research Tutorial 3
10 Tutorial or other activity Molecular
Biology Research Tutorial 4
13 Practical Recombinant protein expression
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe practical exercise will involve a small group of students being given a current research question to address experimentally. The research question will come from an active research program within the laboratory of the academic staff member running the practical. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the research question with the expert researcher, plan and then perform the experimental strategy to address the research question under their guidance, analyse and interpret the results, and then write a short report on the findings in a scientific format.
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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 Task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Learning Outcome 4 tutorial reports Formative/ Summative
No 1-6, 9-10 Pratical report Formative/ Summative 20% No 4-10
Assessment Related RequirementsCompulsory attendance of tutorials and practicals.
Assessment DetailTutorial reports due two weeks after each tutorial, and are assessed by tutors using rubric (posted on MyUni under course information). Each of four tutorial reports worth 20% of final grade. Written feedback and mark provided within 2-3 weeks of submission of each tutorial.
Practical: One practical, with report and performance/participation marked by demonstrator, worth 20% of final grade. Written feedback and mark provided within 2-3 weeks of submission of practical
SubmissionAll tutorial and practical reports submitted electronically on MyUni through TURNITIN.
Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html
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 report for each calendar day that the report 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 report 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.
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
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