BIOMED 2510 - Biomedical Science IIA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
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 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1101/1101ND or BIOLOGY 1401, & 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 an overview of modern biomedical research, highlighting conceptual ideas and current methods used in the detection, characterisation and treatment of a range of diseases and disorders. Specific topics include: biomedical experimental design, cell biology and cancer, infectious diseases and vaccination, model organisms for understanding human disease. 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 Coordinator: Dr James Botten
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe anticipated knowledge, skills and attitudes to be developed by the students are:
1. Build awareness of a wide variety of cutting edge biomedical and molecular biology research.
2. Become familiar with standard molecular biology techniques and their application.
3. Increase proficiency in dissecting (“critically evaluating”) scientific literature.
4. Strengthen capacity to understand and apply the principles of experimental design.
5. To begin developing critical thinking and problem solving skills required to plan research directions.
6. Enhance scientific writing and communication skills.
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, 2, 3, 4 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, 5 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
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
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.
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.
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 a total of 45 hours in preparation for the various course assessments.
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
- Tutorials are held weekly and begin in week 3.
- Some teaching activities will be held in week 13.
- Lecture topics are subject to change based on staff availability and will cover topics including (but not limited to) Aging and Disease, Biostatisitcs, Colorectal Cancer, Infectious Diseases, Obesity and Synthetic Biology.
- The workshops and continuing assessment tasks will build on the experimental design elements of the lecture content
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.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed Experimental design (Part A) Formative 5% No 1,2,3,4,5 Critical Evaluation Summative 15% No 1,3 Experimental design (Part B) Summative 20% No 2,3,4,5,6 Online Exercise (includes a peer assessment component) Summative 30% No 1,3,6 Tests Formative and Summative 30% No 1,2,4,5
Assessment Related Requirements
Attendance at all teaching activities is required to obtain instruction for assessments.
Please note some 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.
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. The following details describe the nature of the assessments; the specific content will be provided during the workshop sessions.
Experimental design assessments:
Part A of the Experimental design assessment is a formative task with a pass/fail attached (i.e. awarded either 0% or 5% of the semester mark). If a student passes Part A, then Part B (the summative component) is graded out of 20%. Conversely, if a student fails Part A, then Part B is graded out of 25%, thus is it possible to redeem those lost marks.
Students will be provided with a specific journal articlae along with a marked critical evaluation of that paper. The task is to rewrite the evaluation, taking into account the feedback provided.
Students will participate in a group exercise by researching a specific disease (chosen by the students) and developing a wiki page presenting 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.
Students will be assessed on their understanding of lecture content and concepts via tests held throughout the semetser.
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.
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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