Molecular and Cellular Biology (8375.3)
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|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
| Band 3 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Apply the theoretical basis of molecular biology with proficiency to laboratory practice;
2. Evaluate the relative appropriateness of analytical molecular approaches to analysis/diagnosis and laboratory research; and
3. Apply skills in solving biological/ biomedical problems via the evaluation of molecular data.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
Prerequisites6530 Biochemistry OR 10223 Genetics and Genomics
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Required: Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory Manual 2022 - available from the Canvas site. This must be printed by you and the relevant practical protocol must be brought to every practical session.
Recommended: Hardin and Bertoni 2018 Becker's World of the Cell Global Edition 9th edition - the e-text or paperback version can be ordered online from Pearson publishing. The link will be posted on the unit Canvas site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All sections of Module Assessments 1-3, and the Final Assessment, must be submitted via Canvas.
Special assessment requirements
In the event a student misses an online module assessment, or the final assessment, due to illness or other exceptional circumstances, the student must contact the unit convener and request a deferred test/assessment within 3 days of the scheduled assessment. This request must be made in writing by email, and include a completed deferred examination request form, which can be found on the Canvas site. Students must provide medical certificate or other relevant supporting documents as requested by the unit convener before sitting the deferred assessment.
The final grade for the subject is allocated according to the aggregation of marks achieved in all assessment items. To achieve a passing grade or higher in this subject, students must:
- Attempt all assessment items.
- Attend at least 80% of practical sessions (ie 5 out of the 6 sessions).
- Achieve at least 45% in the final assessment.
- Achieve an aggregate mark of 50% or higher.
Your final aggregate mark, out of 100, is calculated based on the sum of all marks across each assessment item:
- Module 1 Assessment 20%
- Module 2 Assessment 20%
- Module 3 Assessment 20%
- Final Online Assessment 40%
- Total 100%
The Unit Convener reserves the right to quesiton students on any of their submitted work.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
In this unit, there is a total of 40 contact hours in the semester comprising 18 hours of practicals + 22 hours of lectures.The remaining hours should be assigned to personal study of the unit material, and to the completion of assignments. As a guide, allow approximately 1 hour of work per one percent of the final mark. For example, an assessment item worth 10% should be allocated 10 hours of work.
Active participation in all scheduled laboratory classes is compulsory and attendance will be recorded. To avoid penalty in the case of illness or extenuating circumstances, please email the unit convener of your absence prior to the session, or within 3 days of missing the practical session. For all absences, students must provide supporting documentation. Students must attend at least 80% of the practical sessions (ie 5 out of the 6 sessions) in order to pass the unit.
Watching all online lectures is expected and strongly recommended.
Required IT skills
Basic knowledge of word processing software, Excel, and search engines are required.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Foundation of unit
The theoretical focus will be on the fundamentals, tools and applications of molecular and cellular biology. The learning and assessment modes have been designed to develop research skills and practical skills in the students.
Potential hazardous materials
Such materials will be used as part of this unit. Risk assessments have been performed and control measures implemented to manage hazards and risks. Students have an obligation to comply with any safety directions issued by staff and to inform staff if incidents of a potentially hazardous nature occur. With respect to chemicals, staff will provide students with access to Material Safety Data Sheets. It is essential that students be alerted to the potential danger of chemicals to which they may be sensitive. For example, if they experience symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, a dry or sore throat, stinging or burning sensation in their eyes, fatigue or loss of concentration, students must inform their tutor and leave the laboratory immediately. Students may need to go to the University Health Centre if symptoms persist.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the unit's Canvas site (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Provision of unit materials
Unforeseen circumstances beyond the unit convener's control could result in changes to the mode of delivery of lectures, tutorials, workshops, and assessments. Students will be advised if this occurs and appropriate alternatives will be arranged.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.