APP BIOL 3500WT - Professional Practice for Applied Biology III
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code APP BIOL 3500WT Course Professional Practice for Applied Biology III Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Applied Biology & Bachelor of Applied Biology (Hons) students only
Course Coordinator: Professor Stephen Tyerman
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- Explain the concept of ethics in biological research, and apply this knowledge to the preparation of applications for research activities.
- Explain the role of regulatory authorities and regulation in the planning, approval and conduct of biological research.
- Have sufficient knowledge to be able to find the appropriate regulations and understand the formal requirements in order to assist in preparing applications for approval to carry out biological research.
- Communicate scientific information in a formal way as would be used for grant applications or reports to government and private industry.
- Communicate scientific information in lay terms as would be used for the media, public or the broader community.
- Identify the potential commercialisation outcomes of biological research and plan for the implementation of the appropriate intellectual property protection.
- Identify career goals and develop the skills to achieve them.
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)
1,2,3,4,5,6 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
1-7 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
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
1-7 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
1,3,4,5,6 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 Modes
The course will be delivered internally and will be offered on a single day. Each day will consist of:
2 lectures of 1 hour each. The lectures will be delivered by AFW academics and guest lecturers.
1 workshop session of up to 3 hours. Lectures will be supported by interactive, online modules as well as workshops in which case studies will be worked either individually or in small groups.
Weekly lectures, including a number of guest lecture presentations, will provide the basis for class-based learning activities which will be built on in the workshops. Workshops will consist of scenario/role playing, analysis of case studies, and the preparation of written reports and mock applications for funding, ethics approval, science communication and job applications.
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 SummaryLectures will introduce the key principles of research integrity and conduct, human and animal ethics, gene regulatory processes, commercialisation and intellectual property, scientific communication and career readiness. These will be supported by weekly workshops, which will build on the material taught in lectures with case-studies, role playing and class based activities to be worked through individually or in small groups. Online modules will also be utilised to build on the material covered in lectures and workshops.
Specific Course RequirementsAccess to University Ethics in Research on-line courses, and Guardian On-Line Training in Biosecurity ($88 per student)
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 Task Type Percentage of total assessment Hurdle Yes/No Learning Outcome Approximate timing of assessment Online module – ethics and research integrity, Biosecurity Training online module Formative & Summative
No 1,2,3 Week 4 Case study of gene technology regulation
Case study of IP & commercialisation
Formative & Summative 20% No 2,3 Week 6 Comparison of formal and informal modes of scientific
Formative & Summative 30% No 4 Week 8 Preparation of individual academic portfolio Formative & Summative 30% No 5 Week 10 & 12
- Online module for biosecurity and research integrity and ethics (20%)
- Case study (20%) – to be completed as part of the workshops on gene technology regulation & IP and Commercialisation
- Science Communication (30%) – students will be provided with a recent publication and will need to write a summary (10%), media release (10%), blog, tweets or Conversation piece for lay audience (10%)
- Career readiness (30%)– preparation of cv/job application and LinkedIn profile (20%); mock job interview participation (10%).
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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