Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1

Course code BIOL1003Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Students are introduced to the principles of scientific investigation and initiate the development of analytical and practical skills necessary for an active career in the diverse fields of modern biology. This equips the student for further studies in both lab-based biotechnology and field based environmental biology subjects. Students will be taught practical laboratory and field skills together with experimental design, data evaluation and technical report writing within the context of a number of exciting hands on biological investigations.

BIOL1003 is a prescribed course for any student wanting to graduate with a BSc major in the biological sciences. BIOL1003 is a prescribed course for the B. Biotechnology and is a required course for students conducting a 'Living Systems' Major within the B. Environmental Science & Management.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

This course is not to count with BIOL1040 and BIOL1050.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesDuring the course the students will be expected to satisfactorily demonstrate an understanding of:
1. biological terminology and concepts in experimental biology
2. the ability to implement a working knowledge of the scientific method and philosophy
3. basic experimental design
4. the fundamental skills in the collection, processing and interpretation of biological information
5. the ethical conduct in learning and research
6. the hazard recognition and minimisation in safe biological investigation

And demonstrate:
1. an ability to use of basic experimental apparatus
2. the ability to work in a team
3. critical and ethical thinking and the scientific approach
4. writing and data presentation skills.
ContentThrough undertaking scientific experiments in; biological chemistry, microbiology, fungi, plant & animal systems and ecology, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of:

1. The scientific method and philosophy of science
2. Experimental design, hypothesis testing & problem solving
3. Health & safety - Laboratory and field
4. Basic laboratory skills
5. Slide preparation & microscope usage
6. Use of selected Measurement Instruments
7. Fundamentals of aseptic technique
8. Basic dissection/surgical techniques
9. Use of Lab books to organise and document experimental details and results
10.Data analysis, interpretation and presentation
11.Report Writing
- Effective use of Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion format
- Referencing
- Computer publishing skills
12.Working in teams
13.Ethics, Academic and personal/professional integrity.
Replacing Course(s)BIOL1060
Transition1. Not to be taken with BIOL1010, BIOL1120, BIOL1200, BIOL1020, BIOL1110, BIOL1040, BIOL1050, BIOL1060.
2. If a student has completed only one of BIOL1010, BIOL1120, BIOL1020, or BIOL1110 they will be permitted to take BIOL1003.

Note: May be taken as a replacement for students who have failed BIOL1060 but completed BIOL1010 & BIOL1020.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHSC Mathematics and Chemistry advisable.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Field Study
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Class- To assess knowledge, understanding of concepts and interpretive skills
Laboratory Exercises- Lab skill tests and logbook assessment
Reports- Laboratory reports
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL1003