BIOL12106 - Molecular Biology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit focuses on developing an understanding of how genomes are organised, how they function within the cell, how molecular medical treatments can be developed, ways in which we can manipulate genomes and utilise their components for a range of purposes including medical, agricultural, and commercial.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites

ZOOL11005 Foundation Animal Biology

or

BIOL11100 Functional Biology

or

BMSC11003 Introduction to Medical Sciences

or

BMSC11004 Introduction to Biochemistry

or

BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry

or

BMED19010 Macromolecules and Cell Function

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.9% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
The main theme was that students enjoyed the Unit, particularly in having all the learning materials available from Week 1, and that the Residential School was enjoyable and well organised.
Recommendation
Continue the good work including regular updates to materials.
Action Taken
Subject material will be updated for term 1 2019 ensuring resources current with contemporary molecular biology
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
The only possible theme for consideration for improvement was from two students who commented they would like some non-graded revision quizzes included.
Recommendation
The inclusion of some non-graded quizzes in the Unit could be considered for next year.
Action Taken
Study questions associated with each topic included those that required precise/short answers and others that required longer/more descriptive answers
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Inclusion of a variety of study questions, MCQs/short answer/Extended answer
Recommendation
A greater variety of study questions will be available for each topic.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Students commented that improved feedback from assessment items would aid their learning
Recommendation
Assessment item 2, laboratory manual will be revised to contain a work book section which will be marked and uploaded onto moodle
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the structure, organisation, utility and isolation of nucleic acids
  2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles of gene cloning and sequencing
  3. Accurately review and evaluate the strategies associated with the transformation of micro-organisms, plants and animals
  4. Demonstrate safe and efficient laboratory skills in molecular biology
  5. Demonstrate knowledge on the applications of molecular biology skills to medical molecular biology

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
1 - Written Assessment