Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is a practical based subject where students will gain experience in current techniques in molecular and medical cellular biology including functional assays of apoptosis, transfection and fluorescent microscopy, immunofluorescent microscopy and an integrated practical where students clone and express a chimeric protein.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLinda Ward

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBCH2IBM AND BCH2MBC


Incompatible subjectsBCH3BMB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain concepts in cell biology and molecular biology using appropriate vocabulary.
02. Apply advanced techniques in molecular biology, protein purification and cell biology to generate and analyse data and evaluate the experimental protocols used.
03. Explain/understand current techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology.
04. Collect, analyse and evaluate information from literature to prepare a thorough scientific report.
05. Interpret and critically evaluate experimental protocols.
06. Discuss and present information in the field of Biochemistry orally to peers.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLinda Ward

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 6.00 h laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Weeks 32, 34, 36, 38, 41, 43. To facilitate the anticipated enrolment a repeat class needs to be offered. This will mean that a total of 2 x 96 (192) students can be accommodated if required. The classes need to be held in the LIMS senior teaching laboratory.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Two 1.00 h lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Two pre-practical lectures need to held, one in week 31 and one in week 36 (before the start of each of the two major practical topics). Must be held prior to lab class in that week.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Weeks, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39 and 42. The tutorials will be held during the intervening weeks between practical classes. The maximum class size is 24 students and ideally classes should be run simultaneously and on the same days/times as the lab classes.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Laboratory Performance (250 words 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.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO5, SILO6

Practical Exam (2 hr). This exam will be required to be centrally timetabled during the end of semester exam period.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5

Practical Report (equivalent to 1500 words)

N/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Question Sheets (equivalent to 250 words). Short answer sheets completed in-class during tutorial/workshop sessions.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5

Scientific Writing Exercises (equivalent to 250 words). Two short formative exercises for the students to obtain feedback on their scientific writing. Students can incorporate this work into the final practical report.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Student Led Tutorials (equivalent to 250 words)

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO6