Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This 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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise biological terminology and concepts in experimental biology;

2. Use fundamental skills in the collection, processing and interpretation of biological information;

3. Practice hazard recognition and minimisation in safe biological investigation;

4. Operate experimental apparatus;

5. Work in a team;

6. Develop critical and ethical thinking and utilise the scientific approach;

7. Document the results of experimental practice, through laboratory books, recorded data and written laboratory reports;

8. Compute the 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 - Online

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

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