BIOTECH 7000 - Advanced Research Platforms

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course will introduce students to the theoretical aspects and practical applications of the major research platforms currently used in biomedical research. The topics covered include: genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, protein purification, flow cytometry, antibody engineering, RNA interference, computational biotechnology, imaging and fermentation technology. Lectures are supplemented with tutorials and workshop sessions. The lecture series is delivered alongside the complementary course: Advanced Technology Techniques, which exposes students to the practical aspects of the platform technologies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOTECH 7000
    Course Advanced Research Platforms
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge BIOCHEM 2500, MICRO 2500 or equivalent
    Restrictions Available to GCBIBIOM, GDBIBIOM, MBIBIOM students only
    Course Description This course will introduce students to the theoretical aspects and practical applications of the major research platforms currently used in biomedical research. The topics covered include: genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, protein purification, flow cytometry, antibody engineering, RNA interference, computational biotechnology, imaging and fermentation technology. Lectures are supplemented with tutorials and workshop sessions.
    The lecture series is delivered alongside the complementary course: Advanced Technology Techniques, which exposes students to the practical aspects of the platform technologies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Alistair Standish

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Equip students with skills to identify appropriate current research platforms used in biomedical science, and apply them to specific research objectives.
    2 Provide a strong core knowledge base to underpin research and commercial activities that
    comprise biotechnology, with a focus on biomedical science.
    3 Provide students with transferable skills in critical thinking and analytical methods.
    4 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of current research platforms in the field of biomedical science, and their contribution to the rapid growth and success of this area.
    5 Ability to critically analyse, interpret and present information in the scientific literature in the field of biomedical science.
    6 Demonstrate the skills to critically assess emerging technologies and their application to areas of biomedical research.
    7 Develop essential research skills in a broad range of areas in biomedical science.
    8 Develop an understanding of key research platforms that underpin biomedical science and biotechnology.
    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, 4, 6, 7, 8
    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
    1, 3, 5, 6, 7
    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
    1, 3, 5, 6, 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4, 6, 8
    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
    1, 5, 6, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No specific text book is required. A manual outlining lecture topics and reference lists will be
    provided.
    Suggested reading lists, journal articles, web sites and databases will also be provided as a basis for tutorial discussions and workshop assignments.
    Online Learning
    MyUni is an essential resource for this course and it is important for students to login regularly to check on important course-related announcements and material.

    Students will find the following on MyUni:

    All lectures are recorded 

    All lecture notes

    Tutorial papers 

    The Discussion Board 


  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures
    Two 50 minute lectures per week with a total of 18 lectures over the semester which are recorded for MyUni.

    Tutorials
    Six 2 hour tutorials over the semester.

    Workshops
    Five 4 hour workshops over the semester.
    Workload

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

    A student enrolled in this 3 unit course, should expect to spend, up to 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required for the course (e.g., lectures, tutorials and workshop), as well as non-contact time (e.g., lecture revision and tutorial preparation).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Content:
    The lectures cover the following areas: Introduction to Biotechnology and Biotechnology Research Platforms such as: molecular biology techniques including recombinant DNA and synthetic biology techniques; genomics, cell culture and cell based technologies, proteomics, protein structure determination techniques, and commercial biotechnology platforms.

    Tutorials:
    Tutorials are based on publications relating to the topics covered in lectures.

    Workshops:
    Workshops cover use of molecular biology databases, creation of bibliographies, and a bioinformatics assignment.

  • 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 for grading Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Tutorial presentation and participation Formative and Summative

    30%

    No 2, 3, 5, 8
    Discussion board on-line forum Formative and Summative 10% No 2, 3, 4, 5
    Workshop assignment Formative 15% No 2, 4, 7, 8
    Written exam Formative 45% No 2, 3, 8
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial presentation and participation:

    Each student will give two oral tutorial presentations based on published research articles relating to lecture topics over the semester (10% each). The contribution of each student to tutorial discussions is also assessed for the remaining four tutorials (10% over the course of the tutorial series).

    Discussion board on-line forum:
    Each of the 6 tutorials will have an associated Discussion Board on-line forum covering several related to the tutorial. Students will submit an on-line posting of 500 words and the four postings with the highest grade will contribute to the assessment (2.5% each posting).

    Workshop assignment:
    Students will complete a Bioinformatics assignment based on a number of set exercises.

    Final written Examination:
    A three hour exam covering lecture material only is held during the June/July examination period.

    Submission

    Late Submission
    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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