ADVANCED ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

BCH3AAB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students extend previous knowledge and practical skills gained from second year Biochemistry. The laboratory component emphasizes the underlying theory, provides experience in experimental design and provides hands-on practical instruction in analytical biochemistry techniques including organelle isolation, enzyme assays, electrophoresis, nucleic acid isolation and gene expression. In addition to the practicals, students will complete workshops where additional theory will be presented, extending the techniques demonstrated in the laboratory. The workshops will also provide an opportunity to further develop skills in quantitative literacy, scientific communication and critical analysis of scientific methodology and data.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BCH2IBM and BCH2MBC

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BCH3BMA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
MediaBCH3AAB Laboratory ManualPrescribedJulian Pakay (updated anually)Available on the LMS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain concepts in analytical biochemistry and molecular biology using appropriate vocabulary.

Activities:
In addition to the practical classes and pre-practical lectures, students will also attend small group clases where they will conduct a short tutorial under the guidance of a demonstrator to reinforce the theory behind the techniques demonstrated. Students will also complete formative worksheet excercies where they will be required to explain concepts and interpret data.

02. Be able to follow detailed protocols, follow best occupational health and safety practice and apply advanced techniques in analytical biochemistry to generate and analyse data.

Activities:
Students complete tasks in the practical class indiviually, as a pair or as part of a larger coordinated group, dependent on the task.

03. Collect, analyse and evaluate information from literature to prepare a thorough scientific report.

Activities:
Students complete two short scientific writing exercises which are quick to complete, assess and to provide indiviual feedback. These exercises span both BCH3AAB and MED3LAB and taken together address all aspects of writing a full scientific report. In BCH3AAB these include exercises in; maintaining an accurate lab book and writing a short literature review. Each exercise is preceded by a specific tutorial. Individual feedback is provided allowing the students to incorporate this work into their final report.

04. Discuss and present information in the field of Biochemistry orally to peers.

Activities:
At the start of each tutorial session students present a short tutorial to a small group of classmates. The tutorial is based on a series of assigned questions which provide relevant background theory to the practical class. Each student presents to his/her group once during the semester. The tutorial is assessed for both clarity of presentation and accuracy of content. Participation by students in the audience is noted and provides bonus marks for laboratory performance

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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size192

Enrolment information Quota due to limited capacity of laboratory. Merit based on academic achievement in prerequisite subjects BCH2IBM and BCH2MBC.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weeks 11,13,15,18,20 and 22."

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weeks 10,12,14,16,19,21."

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Two pre-practical lectures need to held, one in week 11 and one in week 15 (before the start of each of the two major practical topics). Must be held prior to lab class in that week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Laboratory Performance (500 word equivalent)This assessment is based on laboratory and tutorial performance, contribution to student led-tutorials and an assessment of practical skills exhibited during the laboratory classes.10 02
Practical Report (equivalent to 1000 words)Includes two short formative exercises for the students to obtain feedback on their scientific writing. They can incorporate this work into the final practical report.40 01, 02, 03
Practical Exam (2 hours)This exam will be required to be centrally timetabled during the end of semester exam period.30 01, 02
Student-Led Tutorial (10 minute informal presentation) (750 word equivalent)10 01, 04
Question Sheets (equivalent to 250 words)Short answer sheets completed in-class during tutorial/workshop sessions.10 01, 03

Singapore, 2018, Term L3, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 19 - 23
Thirty six 1.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 19 - 23
Twelve 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 19 - 23
Two 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Laboratory Performance (500 word equivalent)This assessment is based on laboratory and tutorial performance, contribution to student led-tutorials and an assessment of practical skills exhibited during the laboratory classes.10 02
Practical Report (equivalent to 1000 words)Includes two short formative exercises for the students to obtain feedback on their scientific writing. They can incorporate this work into the final practical report.40 01, 02, 03
Practical Exam (2 hours)This exam will be required to be centrally timetabled during the end of semester exam period.30 01, 02
Student-Led Tutorial (10 minute informal presentation) (750 word equivalent)10 01, 04
Question Sheets (equivalent to 250 words)Short answer sheets completed in-class during tutorial/workshop sessions.10 01, 03

Singapore, 2018, Term L3, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 19 - 23
Thirty six 1.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays at night from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 19 - 23
Twelve 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays at night from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 19 - 23
Two 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Laboratory Performance (500 word equivalent)This assessment is based on laboratory and tutorial performance, contribution to student led-tutorials and an assessment of practical skills exhibited during the laboratory classes.10 02
Practical Report (equivalent to 1000 words)Includes two short formative exercises for the students to obtain feedback on their scientific writing. They can incorporate this work into the final practical report.40 01, 02, 03
Practical Exam (2 hours)This exam will be required to be centrally timetabled during the end of semester exam period.30 01, 02
Student-Led Tutorial (10 minute informal presentation) (750 word equivalent)10 01, 04
Question Sheets (equivalent to 250 words)Short answer sheets completed in-class during tutorial/workshop sessions.10 01, 03