Due: Ongoing Weighting: 10%
Continuous Pre-lab assessments will be conducted throughout the semester on iLearn. The assessment will cover the practical materials of the week. You will have a set amount of time (30 min) to complete this online task. This activity will be available from the start of the semester (so you will have plenty of time to work on it), and deadline for submission is 1 hour prior to your lab session. You are encouraged to work on the pre-lab questions in the lab manual first before attempting the online assessment to avoid going over the time limit (30 min) This is a single attempt activity (no multiple attempts). If you miss the practical session but submitted the assessment on time, no mark will be given to the assessment unless your special consideration is approved. This will contribute to 10% of your overall course mark.
Due: Ongoing Weighting: 5%
You will be tested for two practical skills essential for Microbiology. You will have enough time to learn and practice these techniques during the laboratory sessions before being tested. This will contribute to 5% of your overall course mark.
Due: Ongoing Weighting: 0%
Short questions of the days lecture content will take place during lecture session.
Due: 10/9/21 Weighting: 20%
A multiple choice mid-semester test will be held during class time on 10/9/2021( 1-2 pm). The test will cover material (lectures and practicals) from Week 1 to 6 only (lecture 1-12). You will need to take a calculator into the examination. Only non-programmable calculators may be taken into the examination. This will contribute to 20% of your overall course mark.
Due: 1/11/21 Weighting: 20%
This exercise is an introduction to conducting and managing an independent research project. Students will work in pairs. This assignment is designed to allow you to develop and achieve the learning outcomes, graduate attributes and capabilities outlined in this unit guide. Thus groups/pairs are empowered to own their research work and therefore are responsible and accountable for the design, performance and achievements resulting from the research.
This research task will be an ongoing exercise over which the group is to work together on the investigation, discussion and reflection of results. Towards the end of the practical sessions period each lab group will make a prediction of the identity of the selected unknown organism and the rationale behind their decision, and present their prediction in front of the class. Each presentation (Power Point) should take no longer than 3 minutes. After each presentation, the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions or make suggestions to the presenters.
An independently written 4-page scientific report, based on your research findings, is to be submitted by each student on 1 Nov no later than 11:59 pm.
A rubric outlining what is expected regarding final report structure and a style guide is provided in the Laboratory manual, which will be available on iLearn. The assignment should be uploaded onto iLearn as a pdf file – this is to avoid formatting discrepancies that may occur from using different word processors. This assignment will contribute to 20% of your overall course mark. Penalties will apply for work over the page limit and late submission.
Due: University Examination Period Weighting: 45%
The final exam will require students to apply terminology and concepts learnt in the lecture and practical components to answer a variety of questions of a critical thinking nature. You will need to take a calculator into the examination. Only non-programmable calculators may be taken into the examination.