The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


The course is designed to provide extensive training in the laboratory practices associated with biological research. Module 1 will focus on enzymes and biochemical reactions; Module 2 will focus on the chemistry of DNA; and Module 3 will focus on Immunochemistry and its application to biological research.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. biological terminology and concepts in experimental biology

2. the ability to implement a working knowledge of the scientific method and philosophy

3. 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

7. an ability to use experimental apparatus

8. the ability to work in a team

9. critical and ethical thinking and the scientific approach

10. writing and data presentation skills

11. the ability to perform calculations required for understanding and interpreting experimental outcomes


Through undertaking scientific experiments in biology at the cellular and subcellular level including biochemistry, molecular biology and immunochemistry, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of:

  • The scientific method and philosophy of science
  • Experimental design, hypothesis testing & problem solving
  • Occupational health & safety Laboratory
  • Molecular laboratory skills
  • Slide preparation & microscope usage
  • Use of selected Measurement Instruments
  • Fundamentals of aseptic technique
  • Use of Lab books to organise and document experimental details and results
  • Data analysis, interpretation and presentation
  • Report Writing a) Effective use of Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion format b) Referencing c) Computer publishing skills
  • Working in teams
  • Ethics, Academic and personal/professional integrity


Students must have successfully completed either SCIE1002 or BIOL1003 or BIOL1070 to be enrolled in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of level 1000 Biology including BIOL1003.

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Module Competency Assessments

Quiz: Quiz - On-line

Report: Written Reports

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term