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BCH3990

Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Science

Coordinator(s)

Semester One - Dr Michelle Dunstone; Semester Two - Dr Jennifer Dyson

Offered

Clayton

  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a research project in Biochemistry. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Biochemistry. The unit convenor and supervisor must approve the project topic at the time of enrolment. Student will work in a research laboratory to obtain data, will complete a written preliminary and final report and will give a series of oral presentations on their work.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Undertake a research project with regard to ethical and safety regulations;

  1. Demonstrate technical skills in experimental methods and the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data using methods relevant to the discipline of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;

  1. Communicate appropriately and effectively with supervisors, laboratory staff and students;

  1. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of experimental procedures, results and outcomes;

  1. Identify relevant published scientific literature and critically analyse and evaluate the content in the context of the discipline of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;

  1. Construct written reports.

Assessment

Two oral reports (preliminary 15 minutes, 10%, and final 15 minutes, 10%): 20%
Two written reports (preliminary 1,500 words, 10% and final 8,000 words, 50%): 60%
Assessment of laboratory work 20%.
Hurdle requirements: Requirement of a pass grade on the 60% theory component of the unit (literature review worth 10% plus final report worth 50%) and a pass grade on the final report.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)

Semester One - Dr Michelle Dunstone; Semester Two - Dr Jennifer Dyson

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

Permission from the Unit Coordinator. Students must have completed all first and second level units in their approved major, and be able to demonstrate that they have an appropriate project and supervisor(s). 12 points of study in the discipline area at 2nd year level and a grade point average of at least 70 over 24 points in relevant units at 2nd year level.