Advanced Laboratory Skills in Biological Sciences

Course code BIOL3001Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The course is designed to provide extensive and advanced training in the laboratory practices associated with biological research. Module 1 focuses on Molecular techniques; Module 2 focuses on Microbial systems; Module 3 focuses on Plant systems and Module 4 focuses on Animal systems. There will be flexible systems of coursework and specialisation. BIOL3001 is a core course for a Bachelor of Biotechnology and Bachelor of Science (Biology Major).

BIOL3001 will not count with HUBS3204.

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 course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesDuring the course the students are expected to satisfactorily demonstrate an understanding of:

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

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

7. an understanding of advanced cellular and molecular biology techniques
8. an understanding of advanced system biology techniques
9. an ability to efficiently organise and perform experimental procedures including all necessary calculations
10. the ability to work in a team
11. critical and ethical thinking and the scientific approach
12. oral, writing and data presentation skills.
ContentThis course provides the advanced laboratory techniques required of a Biotechnology or Biology graduate. Through undertaking scientific experiments in; molecular biology, microbiology, plant & animal biology, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of:
- Manipulation of molecular processes
- Advanced analysis and manipulation of microorganisms
- Extended physiological analysis of animal and plant model systems
- Oral presentation to demonstrate understanding, interpretation and application (as relevant) of laboratory modules
In addition students consolidate their appreciation of:
- The scientific method and philosophy of science
- Experimental design, hypothesis testing & problem solving
- Health & safety - Laboratory
- Advanced laboratory skills
- Use of selected Measurement Instruments
- 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
- Referencing
- Computer publishing skills
- Working in teams
- Ethics, Academic and personal/professional integrity
Replacing Course(s)This new course will provide a replacement for HUBS3204, Professional Skills in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology, 10 units and be made available for both BSc and BBiotech students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSuccessful completion of BIOL1003, BIOL2001 and BIOL2002.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Experience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Module competency assessments
Presentations - IndividualOral presentations
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 84 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 18 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Seminar: for 8 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, BIOL2001 and BIOL2002.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL3001