1 x 2-hour tutorial once-only
6 x 1-hour seminars per semester
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 3-hour on-line exercises per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 BIOL3771 - DNA to Genome
2 ^ BIOL3762 - Protein to Proteome
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
BIOL9013 has been successfully completed
Topic description
In this topic students will apply their existing knowledge in molecular bioscience to develop strategies, hypothesis, and experimental approaches to solve research problems faced by those working in a molecular bioscience laboratory. This will be achieved by a combination of facilitated group discussion and independent research. Students will also be exposed to and critique cutting edge research, through attending research seminars and reading research articles. They will also gain an appreciation of how molecular bioscience research can both support our society and raise ethical dilemmas by investigating the popular media. This topic will also cover current OH&S, biosafety, and animal ethics regulations which molecular bio scientists are required to meet.
Educational aims
The topic has the following education aims:

  1. To enhance the students ability to develop a hypothesis and develop experimental approaches to solve problems encountered by molecular bioscience researchers
  2. Enhance students ability to critically analyse scientific literature, experimental design and data analysis
  3. Provide students with an understanding of the OH&S and other regulatory requirements that are associated with conducting molecular bioscience research
  4. Provide students with an understanding of the role molecular bioscience takes in the community and the associated ethical issues
  5. Further develop group work and presentation skills
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Critically analyse a scientific paper in the area of molecular bioscience, and identify potential pitfalls in experimental design and data interpretation
  2. Develop hypothesis and design experiments to test these which include the appropriate use of controls and statistics
  3. Understand the role of molecular bioscience in the community and the possible ethical dilemmas that may arise from molecular bioscience research
  4. Be aware of the regulatory requirements that a molecular bioscientist researcher must comply with in respect to OH&S, biosafety and animal ethics
  5. Demonstrate enhancement of their group work and oral presentation skills