ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY AND MEDICAL BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP

MED3PRJ

2019

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 by completing a 10-week laboratory placement projects. Students (in pairs) will be expected to complete 6 hours of practical work per week under the supervision of research staff. Students will conduct original research and record their observations weekly in a laboratory notebook, write a one page project background and aims statement, write a 2,000-word research report, and present a 15 minute talk describing their research discoveries during a mini-symposium at the end of semester. In addition, students will attend lab meetings where they will receive feedback on their research and instruction on current techniques in biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology and scientific communication.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFung Lay

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have a grade of at least 75% in (BCH3BMA or BCH3BSB and BCH3AAB) and/or (MED3MSA or MED3ATA and MED3PRC) and/or (GEN3MGG or GEN3LAB). Students are also required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) form to the Coordinator at the end of semester 1. Enrolment into the subject will be based on the mark average for all eligible subjects, mark rank within the student cohort submitting EOI forms, and will require subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisites BCH3ATB or MED3ATB (students who have completed GEN3LAB in semester 1 do not necessarily need to do BCH3ATB or MED3ATB concurrently with this subject)

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects This subject has been developed in accordance with the guidelines for an Inclusive Curriculum. Students will not be disadvantaged with respect to their culture, gender, socio-economic background or disability. Students will not be disadvantaged with respect to their culture, gender, socio- economic background or disability. All information regarding student requirements, assignments and resources is available in the Subject Learning Guide (on the LMS). Students are expected to report to their host lab on a weekly basis to conduct 6 hours of project-focused laboratory work. There are no lectures, however, there will be a face-to-face introductory and project allocation session at the beginning of the subject, and two tutorial sessions to assist with assessment preparation with the subject coordinator. Students will also present their research findings at a mini-symposium at the end of semester. Supervisors will be available for consultation either on an ad-hoc basis, during specified drop-in times or by appointment.

Special conditions Students must have a grade of at least 75% in (BCH3BMA or BCH3BSB and BCH3AAB) and/or (MED3MSA or MED3ATA and MED3PRC) and/or (GEN3MGG or GEN3LAB). Students are also required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) form to the Coordinator at the end of semester 1. Enrolment into the subject will be based on the mark average for all eligible prerequisite subjects, mark rank within the student cohort submitting EOI forms, and will require subject coordinator's approval.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply advanced techniques in molecular, biochemistry and cell biology to generate and analyse data

Activities:
Students will complete tasks during their laboratory placements. Students will be expected to use protocols from the host laboratory and apply them to complete their research objectives.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Explain current techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology

Activities:
Students will show their understanding of current techniques in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology as learnt during their laboratory work as part of their final assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Students will complete a series of exercises including the maintenance of an accurate lab book, presenting scientific data, writing a short literature review, methods, results and discussion sections. Specific tutorials and individual feedback will be provided, allowing the students to incorporate the feedback into final assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Interpret and critically evaluate experimental protocols

Activities:
The student will critically evaluate the experimental approaches used as part of their laboratory placement and recognise the limitations of interpretation. This will be assessed in the discussion section of the final report and oral presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Accurately record and store experimental protocols and data in a lab book

Activities:
Lab books will be collected and assessed for diligence in recording experimental protocols and data.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size20

Enrolment information Research Laboratory Capacity. The quota will be implemented by ranking performance in the pre-requisite subjects (BCH3BMA or BCH3BSB and BCH3AAB) and/or (MED3MSA or MED3ATA and MED3PRC) and/or (GEN3MGG or GEN3LAB.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFung Lay

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Lab book (250-word equivalent)Expectations and comments will be provided by supervisor to each student. Coordinator will moderate where necessary.10 03, 04, 05
Laboratory performance (500 word equivalent)Expectations and comments will be provided by supervisor to each student. Coordinator will moderate where necessary.10 01, 04, 05
One 2,000-words practical reportSupervisors will provide specific qualitative and quantitative assessment comments to each student. Coordinator will moderate where necessary.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Project Oral Presentation (1000-word equivalent) Coordinator will provide specific qualitative and quantitative comments to each pair of presenters.20 03, 04
Scientific writing exercise (250 word equivalent)Coordinator will provide specific qualitative & quantitative comments to each student.10 02, 03