BIOMED 2510 - Biomedical Science IIA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Biomedical Science IIA provides students with a context for modern biomedical research, from a historical perspective through to current innovations. This course will highlight methods used to detect, characterise and treat various diseases and disorders. Ethical issues associated with biomedical research will be discussed. Specific topics include: biomedical experimental design, model organisms for understanding human disease, bioinformatics and computational biology. The focus will be on the contribution and future promise of techniques, technologies and experimental approaches to our understanding of key human diseases (communicable and non-communicable, inherited and non inherited).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOMED 2510
    Course Biomedical Science IIA
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1101 & BIOLOGY 1201
    Assumed Knowledge At least 6 units of Level I Chemistry
    Restrictions Available to BSc(BiomedSc) students only
    Course Description Biomedical Science IIA provides students with a context for modern biomedical research, from a historical perspective through to current innovations. This course will highlight methods used to detect, characterise and treat various diseases and disorders. Ethical issues associated with biomedical research will be discussed. Specific topics include: biomedical experimental design, model organisms for understanding human disease, bioinformatics and computational biology. The focus will be on the contribution and future promise of techniques, technologies and experimental approaches to our understanding of key human diseases (communicable and non-communicable, inherited and non inherited).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr James Botten

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The anticipated knowledge, skills and attitudes to be developed by the students are:

    1. Understanding of biomedical science as a broad field that applies rigorous, biology-based science primarily to the field of medical research, including the research of human disease and the development of potential diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents

    2. Ability to critically analyse and understand published biomedical research,

    3. Understanding of the experimental design process and its application in providing solutions
    to specified research questions

    4. Ability to communicate, in written form, biomedical research outcomes in an scientific style

    5. Awareness of the ethical issues surrounding biomedical 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, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. -
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. -
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Students will be supplied with required & suggested readings, available from the Barr Smith Library or from online sources.

    Access to MyUni and University email is absolutely required, as the bulk of communication with students will be via these mechanisms.

    Online Learning

    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The tutorials provide a mechanism for students to review the lecture material. Workshop sessions and related assessments will use examples from the lectures to develop skills in assessing the relative value of published work and the process by which biomedical experimentation is undertaken.

    Workload

    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.

    Students are expected to attend all planned teaching activities to maximise their chances of success. In addition students are expected to spend 2 hours per lecture and 1 hour per tutorial in revision and preparation respectively. Finally, students will need to spend 45 hours in preparation of various assessments associated with the workshop.

    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, preparing assessments etc).

    Learning Activities Summary
    Please Note:
    Tutorials are held weekly and begin in week 2. 
    Some teaching activities may be held in week 13 dependant on public holidays
    Lecture topics are subject to change based on staff availability
    Week Type of learning activity Topic
    1 Lecture Introduction to Biomedical Science & Biostatistics
    Workshop Workshop #1
    2 Lecture Cell Biology Overview
    Workshop N/A
    3 Lecture Cell Biology Overview
    Workshop Workshop #2
    4 Lecture Cell Biology Overview
    Workshop N/A
    5 Lecture Diseases of development
    Workshop Workshop #3
    6 Lecture Diseases of development & Genetic Counselling
    Workshop N/A
    Mid Semester Break
    7 Lecture Autoimmunity & Multiple Sclerosis
    Workshop Workshop #4
    8 Lecture Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    Workshop N/A
    9 Lecture Colorectal cancer and aging
    Workshop Workshop #5
    10 Lecture HCV - Disease & Epidemiology
    Workshop N/A
    11 Lecture Aging & Disease
    Workshop Workshop #6
    12 Lecture Aging & Disease & Topical Lecture
    Workshop N/A
    13 Lecture N/A
    Workshop N/A
  • 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 Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed
    Critical review of Journal article (Part 1) Formative 5% No 1,2,4
    Critical review of Journal article (Part 2) Summative 15% No 1,2,3,4
    Experimental design (Part 1) Formative 5% No 3,4
    Experimental design (Part 2) Summative 15% No 2,3,4
    Online Exercise (includes a peer assessment component) Summative 20% No 2,4,5
    Tutorial Tests Summative 4 x 10% No 1
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Attendance at all teaching activities is required to obtain instruction for assessments.

    Please note periodic assessements will be held during either workshops and/or tutorials, hence attendance at all of these activities is mandatory.

    Non-attendance at these sessions without adequate reason (in association with appropriate documentation) will result in a zero mark for the relevant assessment.

    Assessment Detail

    Description of Assessment:
    All assessment tasks will be supported by extensive guidelines and detailed assessment rubrics.
    Specific criteria along with a template document will be provided to assist the students in completing each assessment task.

    Redemption of Formative assessments:
    Part one of the Critical review and Experimental design assessments are formative tasks. Applying the feedback from these assessments will be essential for achieving high marks in Part 2 of each assessment. In addition, if students do poorly in Part 1, they can elect to explicitly address how they have used feedback from Part 1 in preparing Part 2. If this is deemed satisfactory (according to the supplied guidelines), the major assessment will be marked out of the total of the two linked assessments (i.e. 25%). Examples:

    1. A student’s mark for Critical review Part 1 was 2.1% (out of 5% max). The student included specific notes within Part 2, detailing how they had addressed the feedback given in Part 1 when preparing Part 2. This was deemed satisfactory by the marker, and thus Part 2 was assessed out of a maximum of 20%, rather than out of 15% (i.e. the student could achieve full marks for these linked assessments, despite the low performance in Part 1)
    2. Another student scored the same mark of 2.1%. This student chose not to explicitly address the feedback provided from Part 1, and thus Part 2 was marked out of a maximum of 15% (i.e. the student could score a maximum of 17.1/20% for these linked assessments)

    Note that in all cases, the student will be awarded the higher mark (i.e. the student will not be disadvantaged if they attempt redemption but score poorly in Part 2). Overall this approach to the assessment tasks allows all students the opportunity to achieve high scores in this course, and importantly encourages them to use the feedback given to improve their academic performance.

    Critical review of Journal Article (Parts 1 & 2; Maximum of 20% of total course grade):
    Two workshops will be dedicated to teaching the process of critically reviewing published data i.e. determining significance and reliability. These workshops will be assessed by written assignments, in the manner outlined above.

    Experimental Design Parts 1 & 2 (Part 1 & 2; Maximum of 20% of total course grade):
    Two Workshops will be dedicated to teaching the design process for Biomedical experiments. Students will receive instruction on the specifics of experimental design, and use this knowledge to explain the underlying design factors present in a published article as well as design their own experiment. These workshops will be assessed by written assignments, in the manner outlined above.

    Online Exercise - (20% of total course grade):
    Students will participate in this group exercise by researching a specific disease (chosen by the students) and developing a wiki which presents their findings regarding various aspects of the disease e.g. treatment, pathogenesis, future research directions etc. Students are expected to provide adequate literature support for their contributions and will also provide peer assessment for the members of their groups with regards to their contributions to the wiki. Note that there will be a specific training session on the use of Wikispaces during the first workshop.

    Tutorial Tests: (40% of total course grade):
    Students will be assessed on their understanding of the lecture material via tests held periodically throught the semetser (4 in total). These tests will help students evaluate their understanding of the lecture content.

     

    Submission

    All work (except the tutorial tests) will be submitted online via the relevant assessment link on MyUni. Coversheets & Templates will be supplied as required. Any work submitted without the relevant coversheet will NOT be assessed. Tests papers will be collected at the end of each test period, with feedback provided in a following teaching session.

    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 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.

    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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    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

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