APP BIOL 2500WT - Research Skills for Applied Biology II
Waite Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code APP BIOL 2500WT Course Research Skills for Applied Biology II Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge SCIENCE 1100WT Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Applied Biology & Bachelor of Applied Biology (Hons) students only Course Description Research Skills for Applied Biology provides students in the Bachelor of Applied Biology degree with an introduction to the skills used in modern biological research activities. The course content will build on the introduction to scientific literacy in Principles and Practice of Science for Applied Biology., Lectures and tutorial activities will develop students? awareness of scientific integrity and the expected standards of research conduct. Students, working in small groups, will be guided in the planning and development of a research project, which they will complete and report upon using an approved format. Practical skills of research including the principles and practice of modern biological research tools including transcriptional, proteomic and metabolite analyses will be introduced through lectures and practical classes.
Course Coordinator: Dr Tina Bianco-Miotto
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a scientifically based understanding of research skills utilised in applied biology.
2. Explain the scientific processes involved in applied biology research.
3. Outline the processes involved in reviewing the scientific literature.
4. Communicate (written and orally) in the context of applied biology discipline.
5. Maintain an experimental notebook.
6. Develop and demonstrate competencies in standard laboratory methodologies.
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)
1,2,4,5,6 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
2,3,5 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
2,4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Not addressed 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
Not addressed 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is taught in the following way:
Lectures will introduce the key principles of practical research skills, including the theory and practice of research technologies commonly used in modern biology and examples of how they can be applied. These will be supported by weekly tutorials, in which the ‘soft skills’ of research including research conduct and ethics, citation of published works, and writing of literature reviews, research proposals and research publications will be developed. A laboratory placement will introduce students to the practice of research through the development of key practical skills, and the planning, execution and reporting of a research project as SGDE.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.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 and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryThe course will cover topics on research methodologies commonly used in applied biology and will also cover communication of scientific literature. Students will learn hands the theory behind common laboratory methodologies, how these are applied and
then build on this knowledge in a laboratory placement where they use these methods towards their own research project. Students will learn about laboratory safety, how to maintain a laboratory note book, how to communicate their scientific research project in written and oral forms. Material covered in lectures is reinforced in tutorials and the laboratory placement.
Specific Course RequirementsNone identified.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceResearch Skills for Applied Biology II will contain a significant SGDE component. Students will plan and develop a small research project with an academic mentor. The research will be undertaken over a 4-6 week period, and will be assessed in the form of a research proposal, literature review and oral presentation. The students will also maintain a laboratory practical book. The academic mentor will meet with the students early in the semester and then interact closely with the students over the 4-6 week placement period.
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 Research Proposal Formative & Summative 10% Tutorial Exercises Formative & Summative 20% (2 x 10% each) Literature review Formative & Summative 20% (5% draft + 15% final version) Laboratory Placement Supervisor Mark Summative 10% Presentation of research project Formative & Summative 10% Practical Book Summative 10% Test Summative 20%
Assessment DetailResearch Proposal (10%)
Students will prepare a research proposal of 1000 words covering the background, aim and methods to be used during the research placement.
Tutorial Exercises (20%)
Two tutorial exercises will be assessed. This includes one on calculations (10%) which is based on the student’s ability to calculate amounts of reagents for making solutions. The second tutorial exercise (10%) will be on qPCR and involves analysis of qPCR data using provided software to answer questions on gene expression and differences between control and treatment groups.
Literature Review (20%)
Students will complete a 2000 word literature review on the research area of their proposed research placement using 12-15 primary (non-review) research articles. A draft of the literature review (5%) is due in week 6 and students will be provided with feedback before completion of the final review which is due in week 10 (15%). Students will be assessed on the ability to critically evaluate the literature in the proposed research project area.
Oral Presentation of Research Placement (10%)
Upon completion of the research placement the students (in groups) will present the work that was carried out as part of their placement.
Research Placement Laboratory Book (10%)
An electronic Lab Book will be kept by the student throughout the 4-6 week placement period and students will be assessed on the accurate and detailed maintenance of the electronic lab book.
Research Placement Supervisor Assessment (10%)
The supervisor of the laboratory placement project will assess the student’s competencies in standard laboratory methodologies.
The final test will examine all components of the course. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions.
SubmissionIf 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.
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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
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