Laboratory Skills in Biological Systems

Course code BIOL2002Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The course will be delivered in 3 modules of 4 weeks duration. The course is designed to provide extensive training in the laboratory practices associated with biological research. Module I will focus on microbial systems; Module II will focus on plant biology systems; and Module 3 will focus on animal biology systems. BIOL2002 will be a core course for Bachelor of Biotechnology.

BIOL2002 will not count with BIOL2080.

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

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will:

1. hold an understanding of biological terminology and concepts in experimental biology
2. be able to implement a working knowledge of the scientific method and philosophy
3. experimental design
4. the fundamental skills required for the collection, processing and interpretation of biological information
5. ethical conduct in learning and research
6. hazard recognition and minimisation in safe biological investigation.

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to demonstrate:
1. an appreciation of biological model organisms
2. an understanding of how to assess complex biological models
3. an ability to use experimental apparatus
4. the ability to work in a team
5. critical and ethical thinking and the scientific approach
6. writing and data presentation skills
7. the ability to perform calculations required for understanding and interpreting experimental outcomes.
ContentThis course provides additional laboratory techniques required of a Biotechnology or Biology graduate. Through undertaking scientific experiments on biological model organisms, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of:

- The growth, analysis and manipulation of microorganisms.
- Physiological analysis of animal and plant model systems.

In addition, students gain an appreciation of:
- Fundamentals of aseptic technique
- The scientific method and philosophy of science
- Experimental design, hypothesis testing & problem solving
- Health and Safety
- Laboratory skills for complex systems
- Use of appropriate microscopy instrumentation to investigate biological systems
- Use of Lab books to organise and document experimental details and results
- Data analysis, interpretation and presentation
- Report Writing
*Effective use of Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion format
*Computer publishing skills
- Working in teams
- Ethics, Academic and personal/professional integrity.
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces BIOL2080 Cellular Biochemistry (10 units, Semester 2).
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSuccessful completion of level 1000 Biology including BIOL1003
Successful completion of BIOL2001
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Experience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Module Competency assessment
Quiz - On-line(multiple to assess knowledge, understanding of concepts and interpretive skills)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 48 hour(s) per Term 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.
Compulsory Program ComponentSuccessful completion of BIOL1003 and BIOL2001.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL2002