BIOTECH 7020B - Research Project Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course is designed to develop the practical skills required for a successful career in scientific research or related activities. It provides advanced education and training in the principles of scientific research and the current state of knowledge and techniques used in the field of biomedical research. Students learn to search for and critically evaluate scientific literature relevant to their chosen discipline, to plan and design scientific experiments, and to develop advanced written and verbal communication skills. Each student is expected to carry out a laboratory based research project during the year. At the end of the year the project outcomes are to be written up as a thesis using a form similar to that required for publication of research data. Each student will be required to give a formal presentation of their research at the end of the year, followed by an oral defence of their findings and conclusions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOTECH 7020B
    Course Research Project Part 2
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 24
    Contact Up to 35 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Biomedical)
    Incompatible BIOINF 7200A, BIOINF 7200B
    Restrictions Available to Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) students only
    Course Description This course is designed to develop the practical skills required for a successful career in scientific research or related activities. It provides advanced education and training in the principles of scientific research and the current state of knowledge and techniques used in the field of biomedical research. Students learn to search for and critically evaluate scientific literature relevant to their chosen discipline, to plan and design scientific experiments, and to develop advanced written and verbal communication skills. Each student is expected to carry out a laboratory based research project during the year. At the end of the year the project outcomes are to be written up as a thesis using a form similar to that required for publication of research data. Each student will be required to give a formal presentation of their research at the end of the year, followed by an oral defence of their findings and conclusions.
    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. Demonstrate an understanding of basic research methodologies used in biomedical science research.
    2. Demonstrate an expert knowledge and insightful understanding of their chosen field of research.
    3. Develop an ability to evaluate research articles and research proposals, including critical analysis and interpretation of data, arguments and conclusions presented in the scientific literature.
    4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the current gaps in our understanding and the future areas for investigation in a particular area of research.
    5. Develop a capacity to identify and evaluate a problem and define the important elements required for its solution while appreciating the risks and benefits of alternate approaches.
    6. Develop an ability to effectively plan a research proposal in the field of biomedical research.
    7. Demonstrate mastery of the basic techniques required for the study of a research question.
    8. Develop a rigorous and methodical approach to the maintenance of records and the collection, storage and analysis of data.
    9. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues associated with their chosen field of research.
    10. Develop and demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate written and oral presentations to a scientific audience.
    11. Critically analyse and interpret data, arguments and conclusions presented in the scientific literature.
    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)
    1,2,3,8,9,10
    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
    1,2,3,8,10
    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
    3,4,8,9,10
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,4,5,6,8
    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
    2,7,8,9
    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
    2,8,9,10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No specific text book is required for this course.
    Students will be expected to access literature and databases relevant to their research project.
    Most literature will be in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles.
    Online Learning
    Students will be expected to access online molecular biology databases appropriate to their research project and e-resources such as e-journals.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered along with its companion course BIOTECH 7020A and will be delivered by the following means:
    Supervision of a student on an individual basis, involving a primary supervisor or a scientific or industry based mentor.
    Students will develop skills in accessing, understanding and critically analysing scientific literature relevant to their chosen discipline.
    Two written assignments form the basis of the first half of this course:
    1. Literature Review of the Proposed Research Project
    2. Research Proposal

    All assignments are based on the selected research topic. Supervisors/mentors are recognised experts intheir field. Assignments are completed on a sequential basis.

    The remaining half of the course will require students to undertake research based activities in the laboratory. These research activities will be determined by the project undertaken in the laboratory where the student is placed.

    At the end of the year the project outcomes are to be written up as a thesis using a form similar to that required for publication of research data. Each student will be required to give a formal presentation of their research at the end of the year, followed by an oral defence of their findings and conclusions.
    Workload

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

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

    A student enrolled in this 12 unit course, should expect to spend, up to 35 hours per week on the studies required.
    This includes both contact time as well as non-contact time.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Assessment Description: Literature Review; First Research Presentation; Research Proposal; Final Research Presentation; Oral Defence (Viva); Thesis; Laboratory Performance

    Note that this is the Learning Activities Summary for BIOTECH 7020A and BIOTECH 7020B combined.

    1. Literature Review (10%)
    A maximum 5,000 word literature review. Students will also be given an opportunity to correct/insert appropriate corrections, as the literature review will form part of the final research thesis.

    2. First Research Presentation (10%)
    15 minute oral presentation, plus up to 10 minute question time. Key features of the presentation that will be assessed are: clarity of presentation, justification of the research and approach used, and answers to questions from the audience.
    Students will receive individual oral feedback, on presentation style, content and their knowledge of the area.

    3. Research Proposal (10%)
    A maximum 3,000 word assignment. Students will be assessed on the scientific approach, clarity of aims and research techniques used. Students will receive individual oral feedback and direction after marking.

    4. Final Research Presentation (10%)
    Final seminar: Each student will present a seminar (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions) that describes the results of their research, conclusions and implications. An additional aim is to highlight and inform other students and staff of the breadth and success of work carried out in the year.

    5. Oral Defence (Viva) (10%)
    The viva assessment panel will consist of three members of academic staff, one of whom will be the Supervisor. Each member of the panel will have read all of the theses. Each student is interviewed by the panel for 30 minutes and questioned about aspects of the thesis and general understanding of scientific issues relevant to the research project. Students are also given the opportunity to draw to the examiners’ attention any particular issues or problems associated with their work.

    6. Thesis (40%)
    The thesis will be assessed by three examiners; usually the supervisor together with two others familiar with the general area of the project.

    7. Laboratory Performance (10%)
    Performance of the student during the research project will also contribute toward the final assessment. However, students will not be penalised if a difficult project does not "succeed". Assessment will be based on how the student defines the problem, designs and carries out relevant experiments and interprets the results.
    The lab performance mark is allocated by the supervisor.
  • 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

    Note that this is the Assessment Summary for BIOTECH 7020A and BIOTECH 7020B combined.

    Assessment task Type of Assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle Course learning outcomes being assessed / achieved
    Assignment (literature review) Formative and Summative 10 No 1-3,7,8,10
    Oral presentation (Introduction Research Presentation) Formative and Summative 10 No 1-6, 9-11
    Assignment (research proposal) Formative and Summative 10 No 1-6, 9-11
    Oral presentation (final seminar) Formative and Summative 10 No 1-6, 9-11
    Oral defence (viva) Formative and Summative 10 No 1-11
    Thesis (written) Formative and Summative 40 No 1-11
    Thesis (laboratory performance) Formative and Summative 10 No 1-6,8,9,11
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Description: Literature Review; First Research Presentation; Research Proposal; Final Research Presentation; Oral Defence (Viva); Thesis; Laboratory Performance

    This is the combined assessment detail for BIOTECH 7020A and BIOTECH 7020B.

    1. Literature Review (10%)
    A maximum 5,000 word literature review. Students will also be given an opportunity to correct/insert appropriate corrections, as the literature review will form part of the final research thesis.

    2. First Research Presentation (10%)
    15 minute oral presentation, plus up to 10 minute question time. Key features of the presentation that will be assessed are: clarity of presentation, justification of the research and approach used, and answers to questions from the audience.
    Students will receive individual oral feedback, on presentation style, content and their knowledge of the area.

    3. Research Proposal (10%)
    A maximum 3,000 word assignment. Students will be assessed on the scientific approach, clarity of aims and research techniques used. Students will receive individual oral feedback and direction after marking.

    4. Final Research Presentation (10%)
    Final seminar: Each student will present a seminar (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions) that describes the results of their research, conclusions and implications. An additional aim is to highlight and inform other students and staff of the breadth and success of work carried out in the year.

    5. Oral Defence (Viva) (10%)
    The viva assessment panel will consist of three members of academic staff, one of whom will be the Supervisor. Each member of the panel will have read all of the theses. Each student is interviewed by the panel for 30 minutes and questioned about aspects of the thesis and general understanding of scientific issues relevant to the research project. Students are also given the opportunity to draw to the examiners’ attention any particular issues or problems associated with their work.

    6. Thesis (40%)
    The thesis will be assessed by three examiners; usually the supervisor together with two others familiar with the general area of the project.

    7. Laboratory Performance (10%)
    Performance of the student during the research project will also contribute toward the final assessment. However, students will not be penalised if a difficult project does not "succeed". Assessment will be based on how the student defines the problem, designs and carries out relevant experiments and interprets the results.
    The lab performance mark is allocated by the supervisor.
    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 canonly 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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