BIOTECH 7003 - Advanced Research Techniques

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course will expose students to a major research techniques training program. The program will introduce practical aspects of the platform technologies which are delivered as lectures in the complementary course: Advanced Technology Platforms, and develop skills in experimental design and technique. It will include basic laboratory procedures, principles of reagent preparation, good laboratory practice, good manufacturing practice and good clinical practice. The practical course component will be supported by workshops.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOTECH 7003
    Course Advanced Research Techniques
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    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
    Restrictions Available to Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Biomedical), Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Biomedical), Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) students only
    Course Description This course will expose students to a major research techniques training program. The program will introduce practical aspects of the platform technologies which are delivered as lectures in the complementary course: Advanced Technology Platforms, and develop skills in experimental design and technique. It will include basic laboratory procedures, principles of reagent preparation, good laboratory practice, good manufacturing practice and good clinical practice. The practical course component will be supported by workshops.
    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 Develop essential research and practical skills in the field of biomedical science.
    2 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the practical aspects of research platforms/techniques currently used in biomedical research.
    3 Demonstrate the skills required for basic laboratory procedures and principles of reagent preparation.
    4 Demonstrate safe laboratory working practice.
    5 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of experimental design, technique and proficiency.
    6 Demonstrate an understanding of basic research methodologies.
    7 Demonstrate an ability to understand and follow the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) guideline requirements.
    8 Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues associated with research in biomedical research.
    9 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of GLP, GMP and GCP.
    10 Critically analyse and interpret data generated from specific research platforms.




    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, 5, 6, 9, 10
    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
    5, 6, 10
    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, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    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, 9, 10
    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
    2, 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
    2, 5, 6, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No specific text book is required. A laboratory practical manual specific to the course with introductory notes and detailed experimental methodology will be provided. Suggested reading lists, journal articles, web sites and databases will also be provided as required.
    Online Learning
    MyUni is a resource for this course and students will need to login regularly to check on important course-related announcements and material.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students will attend an 8 hour laboratory practical session fortnighly (seven over the semester). Six workshops of up to 4 hours will also be attended by the students.
    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. laboratory practical  sessions and workshops), as well as non-contact time (e.g. completion workshop assignments, laboratory journal and written report and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Laboratory Practicals: Students will undertake a research project that continues for the duration of the semester, based on the laboratory practical manual provided. Students will undertake a series of experimental procedures in order to produce a final product which is a commonly used reagent in biotechnology. Success of the project can be determined by assessing the activity of the reagent. Students individual proficiency in laboratory techniques will be assessed throughout the course of the project.

    Workshops: Workshops will support the students understanding the experimental techniques used in the laboratory practical sessions. Background information and supporting literature will be provided to students. Students will be required to submit several assignments in which they answer questions based on the experimental theory they have been exposed to in the course. 

    Written Test: In the written test students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the experimental theory and methods that they have undertaken in the research project and workshop assignments.  

    Written Report: In this task students will be required to apply the knowledge, in experimental design and execution, that they have gained throughout the course to an hypothetical research question in order to produce an experimental plan with outcomes.
  • 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 purposes Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Workshop assignments Formative or Summative

    25%

    No  2, 6, 10
    Practical proficiency

    Laboratory journal 
    Formative and Summative 10%

    15%
    No 1-10
    Written test Formative and summative 15% No 2, 5, 6, 10
    Written report Formative and Summative 35% No 2, 5, 6, 10
    Assessment Detail
    Laboratory Practicals: Students individual proficiency in laboratory techniques (10% of final assessment) will be assessed throughout the course of the project. Proficiency in laboratory techniques, demonstration of safe laboratory practice and an ability to comply with OGTR guidelines is an essential part of the biotechnology course. The students will also be required to submit their laboratory journal for assessment (15% of final assessment). This will be used to assess the student's understanding of laboratory techniques and their ability to critically analyse and interpret data generated from the research platforms used in the research project (LO 2, 6, 10). 

    Workshops: Workshops will support the students understanding the experimental techniques used in the laboratory practical sessions. Students will be required to submit several assignments in which they answer questions based on the experimental theory they have been exposed to in the course (25% of final assessment). 

    Written Test: In the written test students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the experimental theory and methods that they have undertaken in the research project and workshop assignments (15% of final assessment).  

    Written Report: In this task students will be required to apply the knowledge, in experimental design and execution, that they have gained throughout the course to an hypothetical research question in order to produce an experimental plan with expected outcomes (35% of final assessment).
    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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