PRACTICAL SKILLS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

MED3PRC

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

This subject focusses on developing the laboratory skills required to practice science (associated with employability).Students also consider the ethical issues when working in the biomedical sciences. Students will apply knowledge and skills developed in laboratory exercises to design an experimental approach to study proteins known to be involved in cancer pathogenesis as targets for cancer therapeutics. Laboratory exercises will be supported by a series of workshops to further develop critical analysis, quantitative, and problem solving skills where students will analyse and critique the data they have generated within their laboratory classes against that from published sources. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas,taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions now and in the future.




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SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Carroll

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MED2BMS and must be admitted in one of the following courses: SBMS, SBMSSI, SBSSI and must have completed 75 credit points at second year

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MED3MSA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate how robust experimental design and scientific method is used to generate new knowledge and ideas.

Activities:
Workshops and laboratory classes will examine the experiments conducted with emphasis on appropriate design and controls. Workshop activities will also examine published material for appropriate design. Quizzes will assess understanding of these concepts as will the team presentation and scientific development report.

02. Conduct laboratory experiments in a safe and professional manner following written protocols and record data obtained accurately.

Activities:
Laboratory sessions in which experiments will be conducted following written protocols. Appropriate conduct will be discussed; appropriate training for laboratory safety and formal training for use of Genetically modified organisms will be conducted and enforced. Quizzes will assess some elements of laboratory safety.

03. Analyse, interpret and report on both published experimental data and data generated during experimental classes.

Activities:
Data generated in laboratory classes will be presented in a workbook for one series of experiments and a written laboratory report presented for the second. Scaffolded activities for the lab report will be conducted in both labs and workshops focussing on data presentation; writing figure legends and appropriate reporting of data. These activities will also involve an analysis and interpretation of published data.

04. Communicate the main stages for development and validation of laboratory discoveries through to potential therapeutic application.

Activities:
During the workshops students work in teams to design an experimental approach to validate and further develop a laboratory discovery. This will be scaffolded with workshop activities and will be presented both in written and oral form.

05. Explain the underlying concepts for the experimental techniques being used.

Activities:
All activities in workshops and laboratory classes will include consideration of the theory underpinning the activities.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Carroll

Class requirements

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours practical every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Classes to be run in weeks 10,12,14,16,19,21 "

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Classes to be run in weeks 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 "

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
10 minute team presentation (300 word equiv)10 01, 04
Scientific development report (1200 word written report)20 01, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory workbook (500 words equiv)Involves descriptions of data obtained and short answer questions largely completed in class10 01, 02, 03, 05
5 Quizzes (MCQ; 2-5 word answers) (500 word equiv)Based on concepts covered in each of 5 lab classes. Completed in class15 01, 04, 05
5 worksheets based on material covered in workshops (1000 word equiv)Worksheets will mostly be completed in class and involve calculations and short exercises on presenting and interpreting data.25 01, 03, 04, 05
1 hour Written test (1000 word equiv)On concepts and materials covered in both laboratory classes and workshops20 01, 03, 05

Singapore, 2018, Term L6, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Practical Week: 44 - 48
Thirty six 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 44 to week 48 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 44 - 48
Eighteen 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 44 to week 48 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
10 minute team presentation (300 word equiv)10 01, 04
Scientific development report (1200 word written report)20 01, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory workbook (500 words equiv)Involves descriptions of data obtained and short answer questions largely completed in class10 01, 02, 03, 05
5 Quizzes (MCQ; 2-5 word answers) (500 word equiv)Based on concepts covered in each of 5 lab classes. Completed in class15 01, 04, 05
5 worksheets based on material covered in workshops (1000 word equiv)Worksheets will mostly be completed in class and involve calculations and short exercises on presenting and interpreting data.25 01, 03, 04, 05
1 hour Written test (1000 word equiv)On concepts and materials covered in both laboratory classes and workshops20 01, 03, 05

Singapore, 2018, Term L6, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Practical Week: 44 - 48
Thirty six 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays at night from week 44 to week 48 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 44 - 48
Eighteen 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays at night from week 44 to week 48 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
10 minute team presentation (300 word equiv)10 01, 04
Scientific development report (1200 word written report)20 01, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory workbook (500 words equiv)Involves descriptions of data obtained and short answer questions largely completed in class10 01, 02, 03, 05
5 Quizzes (MCQ; 2-5 word answers) (500 word equiv)Based on concepts covered in each of 5 lab classes. Completed in class15 01, 04, 05
5 worksheets based on material covered in workshops (1000 word equiv)Worksheets will mostly be completed in class and involve calculations and short exercises on presenting and interpreting data.25 01, 03, 04, 05
1 hour Written test (1000 word equiv)On concepts and materials covered in both laboratory classes and workshops20 01, 03, 05