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BIOL1620 – Foundation in Life Sciences

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff First Year Teaching Coordinator
Kate Barry
Fleur Ponton
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides foundation skills required for working in medical and life sciences laboratories. Skills will be learnt in the context of current global health issues including antimicrobial resistance and malaria, health reporters such as immunity and haematology and approaches to disease diagnosis. Students will acquire hands-on laboratory skills, including aseptic technique for microbiology, use of microscopes and spectrophotometers, extraction of bioactive molecules, and data collection and analyses. Students will hear from medical and life science researchers who will provide context for the weekly skills topics and information on the diverse employment areas in medical science. Students also begin to acquire skills in interpreting and citing scientific literature and developing a foundation in communication skills and scientific writing.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Articulate and practice appropriate health, safety and ethical standards relevant to medical science
  • ULO2: Describe global health issues of significance to society today using appropriate scientific terminology
  • ULO3: Develop and demonstrate competencies in standard laboratory techniques (e.g. dilutions, aseptic technique, imagery and measurement, labelling, diagnostic sample preparation)
  • ULO4: Describe and practice scientific methods from generating hypotheses and predictions to designing experimental procedures, and undertaking data collection
  • ULO5: Develop competency in working individually or as a team in the laboratory and tutorials

General Assessment Information

UNIT COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

1. Overall mark of 50% or above

2. Submit all assessments and attend all exams

3. Participate in 80% of practicals and tutorials

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Participation in pracs & tutes 0% No Weekly
Lab/Tute Prep Activities 10% No Weekly on Monday @ 11am
Mid-term quiz test 15% No During prac session (Week 6)
Mid-term practice-based exam 30% No During prac session (Week 6)
Final quiz test 15% No During prac session (Week 12)
Final practice-based exam 30% No During prac session (Week 12)

Participation in pracs & tutes

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 0%

 

Attendance at, and participation in, weekly practicals and tutorials is compulsory. Participation will be demonstrated by actively undertaking the experiments, and will be recorded. Students may be able to attend a make-up class, or else a Special Consideration request must be submitted.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate and practice appropriate health, safety and ethical standards relevant to medical science
  • Describe global health issues of significance to society today using appropriate scientific terminology
  • Develop and demonstrate competencies in standard laboratory techniques (e.g. dilutions, aseptic technique, imagery and measurement, labelling, diagnostic sample preparation)
  • Describe and practice scientific methods from generating hypotheses and predictions to designing experimental procedures, and undertaking data collection
  • Develop competency in working individually or as a team in the laboratory and tutorials

Lab/Tute Prep Activities

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 6 hours
Due: Weekly on Monday @ 11am
Weighting: 10%

 

Students will be provided with pre-prac information and need to complete a quiz / short written piece before each class (45min x 8 assessment activities).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate and practice appropriate health, safety and ethical standards relevant to medical science
  • Describe global health issues of significance to society today using appropriate scientific terminology
  • Describe and practice scientific methods from generating hypotheses and predictions to designing experimental procedures, and undertaking data collection
  • Develop competency in working individually or as a team in the laboratory and tutorials

Mid-term quiz test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: During prac session (Week 6)
Weighting: 15%

 

The mid-term exam has a quiz-based section where students will be tested on their knowledge.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate and practice appropriate health, safety and ethical standards relevant to medical science
  • Describe global health issues of significance to society today using appropriate scientific terminology
  • Develop and demonstrate competencies in standard laboratory techniques (e.g. dilutions, aseptic technique, imagery and measurement, labelling, diagnostic sample preparation)
  • Describe and practice scientific methods from generating hypotheses and predictions to designing experimental procedures, and undertaking data collection

Mid-term practice-based exam

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: During prac session (Week 6)
Weighting: 30%

 

The mid-term exam has a practice-based section where students will be tested on their lab skills.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate and practice appropriate health, safety and ethical standards relevant to medical science
  • Describe global health issues of significance to society today using appropriate scientific terminology
  • Develop and demonstrate competencies in standard laboratory techniques (e.g. dilutions, aseptic technique, imagery and measurement, labelling, diagnostic sample preparation)
  • Describe and practice scientific methods from generating hypotheses and predictions to designing experimental procedures, and undertaking data collection

Final quiz test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: During prac session (Week 12)
Weighting: 15%

 

The final exam has a quiz-based section where students will be tested on their knowledge.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate and practice appropriate health, safety and ethical standards relevant to medical science
  • Describe global health issues of significance to society today using appropriate scientific terminology
  • Develop and demonstrate competencies in standard laboratory techniques (e.g. dilutions, aseptic technique, imagery and measurement, labelling, diagnostic sample preparation)
  • Describe and practice scientific methods from generating hypotheses and predictions to designing experimental procedures, and undertaking data collection

Final practice-based exam

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: During prac session (Week 12)
Weighting: 30%

 

The final exam has a practice-based section where students will be tested on their lab skills.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate and practice appropriate health, safety and ethical standards relevant to medical science
  • Describe global health issues of significance to society today using appropriate scientific terminology
  • Develop and demonstrate competencies in standard laboratory techniques (e.g. dilutions, aseptic technique, imagery and measurement, labelling, diagnostic sample preparation)
  • Describe and practice scientific methods from generating hypotheses and predictions to designing experimental procedures, and undertaking data collection

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Lectures: 1-hour lecture that cover hot topics in Health & Disease, presented weekly. Lectures are pre-recorded and will be uploaded to Echo360 in iLearn.

Tutorials: 1-hour tutorial per week, held online via Zoom.

Practicals: 2-hours per week, held in the 06WW labs.

Unit Schedule

1-hour pre-recorded lecture via Echo360, 1-hour online tutorial via Zoom, 2-hour practicals held in 06WW labs.

Tute options:

Monday 09:00am
Monday 10:00am
Monday 11:00am
Tuesday 09:00am
Tuesday 10:00am
Tuesday 11:00am

Prac options:

Monday 11:30am
Monday 14:00pm
Tuesday 09:00am
Tuesday 11:30am
Tuesday 14:00pm

 

 

Policies and Procedures

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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