BIOTECH 7040 - Application of Next Generation Sequencing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code BIOTECH 7040 Course Application of Next Generation Sequencing Coordinating Unit Molec & Biomedical Science Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week throughout the Semester. Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge BIOTECH 7005 Restrictions Available to Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Biomedical), Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical), Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) (Advanced) and Master of Biopharmaceutical Engineering students only Course Description Second and third next-generation sequencing technologies are transforming all aspects of our lives. Some examples include; diagnostics in the clinical medicine, population genomics to identify rare disease-causing alleles in humans, and real-time identification of disease-causing pathogens in field hospitals and mobile laboratories. Applications of these next-generation technologies to improve humanity are almost endless. This theoretical and practical course provides an understanding of the technology underpinning different next-generation sequencing technologies, specific considerations for using and applying different sequencing technologies, for example Sanger, Oxford Nanopore Technology or Illumina sequencing. By undertaking a real-life scenario, you will implement and practically undertake a sequencing strategy to answer an industry relevant question.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Iain Searle
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Course Learning Outcomes1. Analyze a biological question in order to develop a small programme of research.
2. Explain the importance of reproducible research and devise appropriate approaches to ensure reproducible results.
3. Use appropriate and effective data recording methods.
4. Employ effective communication techniques within a teamwork environment.
5. Effectively communicate experimental findings to a broad audience.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 4
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 2, 4
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
2, 3, 4
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesPracticals are supported by workshops that build students student’s understanding of the details of undertaking wet laboraory eperiments and supporting bioinformatics. Practical tasks and associated report preparation will help develop students’ capacity to perform next generation sequencing anlaysis and communicate analytical results to others in an effective way.
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 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., workshops and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryThe course covers (wet laboratory) practical aspects of conducting genomics research using contemporary sequencing methods such as Illumina, sequence analysis, recording results in e-notbooks and presenting analyses to clients and other researchers.
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Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of Total Hurdle Outcomes being Assessed Approximate Timing Quiz Formative and Summative 5 No 1 Before week 6 Problem based learning Formative and Summative 25 No 1, 2 Before week 6 Infographic Summative 15 No 4, 5 Before week 6 E-lab notebook Summative 10 No 3 Before week 13 Poster & presentation Summative 25 No 2, 4, 5 Before week 13 Scientific Report Summative 20 No 2, 4, 5 Before week 13
Assessment DetailQuizzes (10%)
Students will complete two small quizzes within the first 8 weeks.
Problem based learning (25%)
Students will work in small groups to select a scenario, determine the scientific, ethical and regulatory requirements to undertake the scenario and determine the feasibility of undertaking the scenario within the semester. A oral presentation and 1,500-word document outlining the choice of scenario will be submitted.
Students will prepare a single A4 page infographic and an accompanying 1,500-word explanatory document on the novel application of next generation sequencing to a current or future industry scenario.
Poster and presentation (25%)
Students will invidually to prepare a scientific poster and present their findings from the practical. At a poster presentation day, students will orally present their poster and be asked questions by fellow students and tutors.
Scientific report (15%)
Students will write a short, scientific report of about 2,000 words explaining the findings from the practical undertaken during the semester.
Assessment feedback, usually within 2 weeks, will be given to students after each assessment task.
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.
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
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