The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

HUBS3204

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course is intended to provide students with an overview of both general and personal professional skills required to enter into, and succeed in, the field of biomedical science. These skills are intended to complement the theoretical and practical skillsets provided by traditional academic courses and practical classes. Emphasis will be on communication, with the importance of effective presentation of a graduate's skill sets (job hunting) and presentation of scientific information to target audiences. In addition, effective understanding and communication of scientific workplace legislation and business practice will be covered. This course aims are to provide students with (i) the skillsets required to keep professional and academic resumes, answer selection criteria for job applications and write effective cover letters. (ii) an overview of the importance and purpose of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and ethics considerations in the scientific workplace, (iii) the importance of skillsets for communicating science to specific audiences. There is also an emphasis on (iv) the translation and commercialisation of intellectual property derived from laboratory investigations and the importance of specific skills and practices in certain professional fields.


Availability

Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2018.


Learning outcomes

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

1. Work effectively in a group.

2. Prepare a CV and Cover letter highlighting the strengths of their biomedical science degree.

3. Address the selection criteria for a job position based on their experience.

4. Know the procedures for safety clearances and be aware of Occupational Health and Safety issues.

5. Prepare a SOP and Risk Assessment for a professional task.

6. Be aware of the need for animal and human ethics clearance before undertaking research.

7. Understand the differences between safety studies, phase I, II, III trials for clinical and environmental research.

8. Be aware of QA/QC as it applies to product production.

9. Understand the need for registration of chemical, drug and food products and know the appropriate agencies involved.

10. Understand the processes of commercialisation of laboratory based intellectual property.

11. Communicate a scientific abstract to a lay audience in written format.

12. Orally communicate a scientific topic to a non-specialist target audience.

13. Understand the role of media and communication in science.

14. Discuss the roles of ethics, safety, commercialisation, communication and the media in the field of biomedical science.


Content

The lectures include:

  1. Job application skills
  2. CV and interview techniques
  3. Writing a standard operating protocol (SOP)
  4. Writing a risk assessment
  5. Animal and human ethics (including online course)
  6. Communication skills for specific audiences
  7. Intellectual property and commercialisation of research
  8. Laboratory safety
  9. Media and Science
  10. Cutting Edge (Frontiers) Science topics

The activities include:Preparation of:

  1. A response to selection criteria
  2. A cover letter and CV
  3. SOP and risk assessments
  4. Completion of online animal ethics course
  5. Group assignments
  6. Communication of a topic to a target audience
  7. MCQ test

Assumed knowledge

Completion of Year 2 of Bachelor of Biomedical Science or equivalent.


Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid Semester Exam *

Written Assignment: Assignment (job application and CV writing) *

Written Assignment: Assignment (laboratory standard operating procedure and risk assessment submission) *

Online Learning Activity: Online Animal Ethics Course *

Presentation: Group Oral Presentation *

In Term Test: Communication Skills Assessment *

Written Assignment: Frontiers Topic Assessment *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.