Technology used and required
It is important that you have a scientific calculator as hand-held calculators will be used in tutorials, practicals, for assignments, tests and in the final examination. Note that text retrieval calculators are not allowed in the in-semester tests or final examination.
Use will be made of Excel and other data processing and display software. Computers carrying this software are available in the teaching laboratories. Items of interest, links to other on-line material and iLectures will be placed on the unit iLearn website.
General use computers are provided by the University, but it would be advantageous to have your own computer and internet access.
Lecture and Tutorial times
The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
• 2 x 1 hr lectures per week
• 3 hr Practical classes are interspersed with 2 hr tutorials/discussions of the practicals.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
• CBMS224 will comprise 2 lectures (or equivalent) per week, with practical (usually 3 hours) sessions interspersed with tutorials (1 to 2 hours). Live lecture recordings, ECHO will be available through a link to iLectures.
• Students are expected to attend all practical and tutorial classes. You will be required to submit a formal lab report and keep an up to date laboratory book. In addition you will be required to give a seminar on a seminar topic related to the lecture topics.
• Satisfactory performance in BOTH the final exam and in the practical component is required to pass.
The assessment tasks are designed to give you feedback as well as to assess your progress within the unit. More specifically:
o The Mid-semester Test will cover lecture material and give you an idea of the types of questions that will be asked in the final examination.
o The seminar will provide you with the opportunity to research the current literature and to begin to understand the formal writing style of scientific manuscripts. You will present the results of a published paper to the class, thus gaining experience in presentation techniques and public speaking.
o The Practical Test is designed to test your practical skills.
o The Practical Report will provide you with the opportunity write a scientific paper using all of the experimental results obtained over the course of the semester
· Marked work and midsemester and practical exam results should be returned within 2 weeks of being submitted.
· Students are to hand in their assignments after the practical test in week 12. The practical test is open book and students may need their practical report results to complete the practical exam.
· The seminar presentation will be discussed with students during semester.
Late assignments will receive a 10% per day penalty. Assignments handed in more than 1 week late will not be marked. Extensions will only be given in extenuating circumstances and must be discussed with the unit convenor BEFORE the due date.
Information about iLearn or other resources for this unit.
• There is no web page for this unit.
• The unit will utilise iLearn (https://ilearn.mq.edu.au). Select the CBMS224 link and log on with your student id and password.
Changes since the last offering of this unit.
• Prescribed or recommended text(s):
Garrett and Grisham BIOCHEMISTRY (Third edition, Saunders). Another suitable contemporary biochemistry text is BIOCHEMISTRY (Berg, Tymoczko, Stryer, 5th edition, 2002, Freeman Press).
Genuine molecular biology texts are a bit harder to find, but there is a new edition of the MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE GENE (5th edition) by Watson and others (Benjamin-Cummings Publishers). Useful molecular biology can be found also in Lewin GENES VIII (Pearson Education) 2003) and in MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL (Alberts et al., Garland Science, 2002). Other information may be obtained from Prescott, Harley, Klein: MICROBIOLOGY (McGraw-Hill 1999) or other microbiology texts. Several of these books are also recommended for other Units so this will influence decisions as to whether to invest in them.
• Prescribed unit materials:
Practical notes are available from the bookshop