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BIO2120 Biomedical Sciences Residential School 1

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Lindsay Brown
Moderator: John Dearnaley


Pre-requisite: BIO1204

Other requisites

BIO2219, BIO2118 and BIO2107


There is a need to provide students with opportunities that extend the academic learning environment and link into the professional world. This course allows students to experience and gain training in fundamental techniques associated with the biomedical sciences.


This course provides students with an opportunity to obtain the fundamental practical biomedical sciences skills necessary to support their activity in a working laboratory or research setting. Candidates will augment their specialised subject knowledge and academic skills with practical skills. This course will allow students to improve their learning by the application of the theoretical concepts and skills into a laboratory setting. It is likely that the practical experience will enhance the student's post-graduation employment prospects.


On the completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with and competence in applying a range of laboratory techniques and instrumentation used to identify, quantify and study biochemical, pharmacological and physiological substances (All assessments)
  2. carry out qualitative tests and quantify reliably a range of common biochemical, pharmacological and physiological substances in biological specimens (All assessments);
  3. Generate, analyse, summarise and report experimental data (All assessments).
  4. Demonstrate skills and knowledge required to perform laboratory experiments safely with appropriate equipment (All assessments).
  5. Demonstrate the practical use of a range of basic molecular biological techniques (All assessments).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Fundamental skills in human biochemical methods 25.00
2. Fundamental skills in human physiology and pharmacology methods 25.00
3. Fundamental skills in molecular biology methods 25.00
4. Data generation, analysis and presentation 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • The examiner will provide an electronic version of a practical manual prior to the commencement of the residential school.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Alberts, B et al 2010, Essential cell biology, 3rd edn, Garland Science, New York.
  • Bolsover, SR, Hyams, JS, Shephard, EA, White, HA & Wiedmann, CG 2004, Cell biology a short course, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.
    (ISBN 0471263931.)
  • Brown, TA (ed.) 2000, Essential molecular biology: A practical approach, 2nd edn, IRL Press, Oxford.
  • Guyton, AC & Hall JE 2011, Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 12th edn, Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia PA.
  • Karp, G 2010, Cell and molecular biology, 6th edn, Wiley, New York.
    (ISBN 9780470483374.)
  • Lewin, B, Cassimeris, L, Lingappa, VR & Plopper, G 2007, Cells, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Massachusetts.
    (ISBN 0763739059.)
  • Marieb, EN Hoehn K 2013, Human anatomy and physiology, 9th edn, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Martini FH, Nath JL, Bartholomew EF 2012, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 9th edn, Pearson/ Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Nelson, DL & Cox, MM 2012, Lehninger principles of biochemistry, 6th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
  • Nicholl, D 2002, Introduction to genetic engineering, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    (ISBN 0-521-43054-2HC.)
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2012, Pharmacology, 7th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2012, Pharmacology, 7th edn.
  • Silverthorn, DU 2010, Human Physiology, an integrated approach, 5th edn, Pearson/ Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Weissensteiner, T, Griffin, HG & Griffin, A 2004, PCR technology: Current innovations, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla.
    (ISBN 0-8493-1184-5.)
  • Wu, W, Welsh, MJ & Zhang, HH 2004, Gene biotechnology, 2nd edn, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla.
    (ISBN 0-8493-1288-4.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 132.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 04 Mar 2014 (see note 1)
PRACTICAL COMPETENCE TESTING 50 50 04 Mar 2014 (see note 2)
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL REPORT 30 30 04 Mar 2014 (see note 3)

  1. The pre-residential school report is designed to assist your preparation for the residential school. The examiner will advise the due dates and requirements for the assignments.
  2. Assessment of practical competence and presentation skills are integrated with activities during the residential school.
  3. The examiner will advise the due dates and requirements for the reports.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course ?related activities and administration.
    To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the Residential School which delivers the practical component for the semester, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course and maintain a satisfactory record of practical work.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

  3. Students should be aware that the originality of any assignment submitted may be checked by the USQ service, "Turnitin" at <>. The student will be notified if an originality report is required with an assignment and students are encouraged to use Turnitin before submitting any assignment.