Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to provide extensive and advanced training in the laboratory practices associated with biological research. Students will undertake scientific experiments in molecular biology, microbiology, plant and animal biology.

Students will consolidate their appreciation of the scientific method and philosophy of science; experimental design, hypothesis testing and problem solving; health and safety in the laboratory; the use of lab books to organise and document experimental details and results; data analysis, interpretation and presentation; report writing demonstrating effective use of the introduction, methods, results, and discussion format; referencing; ethics, academic and personal/professional integrity.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Use biological terminology and advanced concepts and techniques in experimental biology;

2. Apply scientific method and philosophy in advanced experimental design;

3. Collect, process, and interpret biological information;

4. Apply ethical conduct in learning and research;

5. Demonstrate hazard recognition and minimisation in safe biological investigation;

6. Efficiently organise and perform experimental procedures including all necessary calculations;

7. Communicate data in writing.


  1. Manipulation of molecular processes
  2. Advanced analysis and manipulation of microorganisms
  3. Extended physiological analysis of animal and plant model systems



Pre-requisite - successful completion of BIOL1003 or BIOL1070, and BIOL2001 and BIOL2002

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Module competency assessments

Report: Written Reports

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: 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 84 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Laboratories will be up to 84 hours in total over the term.


Face to Face On Campus 18 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lectures will be between 8-12 hrs over the course of the term and include seminars (oral presentations)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.