BIOMED 2520 - Biomedical Science IIB
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code BIOMED 2520 Course Biomedical Science IIB Coordinating Unit School of Molecular and Biomedical Science Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 8 hours per week 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 IIB provides students with an overview of key areas of biomedical research including gene discovery; elucidation of biological mechanisms in health and illness and the prevention or alleviation of disease. In addition, key research activities within the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science will be used to illustrate and provide examples of the above concepts. Student assessment focuses on two main aspects: (i) the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of scientific data and (ii) scientific communication.
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 attitude to be developed by the student are:
1. A thorough understanding of biomedical science as a broad field that applies rigorous, biology-based principles to the field biological and medical research, including research into the diseases of humans and development of potential therapeutic agents.
2. Understanding of case studies of key biological challenges and diseases, with emphasis on experimental approaches that lead to our current understanding, and the role of biomedical science in future diagnosis and treatment of the disease
3. Ability to utilise available computational tools to analyse and predict the nature of biological sequence data.
4. Ability to present and discuss scientific findings using a variety of communication methods.
5. Ability to critically analyse and understand published 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. 1,2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2
Required ResourcesStudents 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 ModesThe 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 computational biology and scientific communication in various forms.
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 50 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 SummaryPlease Note:
Tutorials are held weekly and begin in week 2.
Lecture topics are subject to change based on staff availability
The "Research" lectures are given by staff from the School of Biological Sciences on topics relevant to their particular research program.
Week Type of learning activity Topic 1 Lecture Introductory Lecture and Bioinformatics Overview Workshop Workshop #1 2 Lecture Bioinformatics Overview Workshop N/A 3 Lecture Bioinformatics Overview Workshop Workshop #2 4 Lecture Bioinformatics Overview and Drug Discovery & Development Workshop N/A 5 Lecture Drug Discovery & Development Workshop Workshop #3 6 Lecture Vaccines Workshop N/A 7 Lecture Vaccines & Evolutionary Medicine Workshop Workshop #4 8 Lecture Evolutionary Medicine Workshop N/A Mid Semester Break 9 Lecture Intellectual Property & Research Lecture Workshop Workshop #5 10 Lecture Research Lectures Workshop N/A 11 Lecture Research Lectures Workshop Workshop #6 12 Lecture Research Lecture & Topical Lecture Workshop N/A
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 Bioinformatics
Summative 15% No 3,5 Scientific Communication - Poster Abstract & Plan Summative 15% No 2,4,5 Scientific Communication - Oral Presentation Summative 10% No 2,4,5 Scientific Communication - Group Poster 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.
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.
Bioinformatics Discovery Challenge (15% of total course grade):
Students will be supplied with short DNA reads of an “unknown” sequence which they need to assemble and analyse using various online bioinformatics tools. Students present the putative function of the assembled sequence, using evidence from the tools used as well as published articles to support their hypothesis. This assessment will be a written document that includes their analysis, along with information about how they would proceed to experimentally verify their hypothesis.
Scientific communication - Poster Abstract & Plan (15% of total course grade):
Students are required to review and summarise literature relevant to their assigned topic. In addition, the students will also need to present a plan for the poster they will submit later in the semester. The poster topics will be derived from a range of Biomedical topics related to the lecture material.
Scientific communication - Oral Presentation (10% of total course grade):
Students will present a 6 min oral presentation on a provided topic, which will be linked to one or more of the lectures. 5% of their mark will be based on staff assessment and the remaining 5% on peer assessment.
Scientific communication - Poster (20% of total course grade):
Student groups will submit a conference style poster. This will be based on their abstracts; thus they will have the materials on hand and will need to translate these into a form that is suitable for
presenting via a poster. 14% of their mark will be based on staff assessment of their posters, while the remaining 6% will be derived from peer assessment
Tutorial Tests: (40% of total course grade):
Tutorial tests will be held periodically throughout the semester. These tests will help students evaluate their understanding of the lecture content, and provide a mechanism for discussion and review within the tutorial sessions.
Written work will be submitted via the relevant assessment link on MyUni as appropriate. 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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