BIOL12109 - Technology and Instrumentation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will examine new technologies and innovative practices used in sustainable agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis. By examining a range of measurement technologies, you will identify how they can be used to facilitate production efficiency, to undertake product and process monitoring, and for research and analysis. You will also study the principles of instrumentation design and research emerging technology trends by accessing current scientific literature. At a compulsory residential school, you will develop analytical and laboratory skills using a range of instrumentation.

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
CHEM11041 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 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 25%
2. Presentation 15%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 40%

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

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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: self
Feedback
Position of unit or component material within revised BSc to be clarified
Recommendation
On-going discussions regarding revised BSc; current student input to be sourced
Action Taken
unit to be discontinued in new BSc structure
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Administration of quizzes
Recommendation
Limit number of quiz attempts to 2
Action Taken
done
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Reduce number of discussion boards
Recommendation
The idea was to have separate discussion boards per topic (per week) but student usage pattern makes this unwieldy. Discussion boards to be decreased and reorganised.
Action Taken
done, only one general board, and assessment related boards
Source: moodle and in class
Feedback
oral presentations could be completed online instead of at res; with students ask questions/provide feedback on say 3 or 4 of the presentations
Recommendation
adopt on-line presentations, with the best 4 invited to present at Residential
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: moodle
Feedback
lectures have great content, but sometimes a bit too much in one lot. suggest split up into smaller chunks and allow more content. e.g., 3 x 0.75hr videos are easier to watch than 1 x 1.5 hour video.
Recommendation
Break presentations into smaller units
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: moodle
Feedback
one assignment could be a choice of what product would be more suitable for a certain situation, with a choice of 1 of 5 different situations
Recommendation
change context of one assignment
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: moodle
Feedback
a supportive environment was provided in the class. Weekly quizzes forced continual study, gave immediate feedback where improvement was needed, and alleviated exam load (improving study for other subjects). Practicum of res school was appreciated, with tasks seen to be " informative and related to what we will need to know in our professional lives", including technical asks like soldering. The input of research postdocs and postgrads was also appreciated. The weekly quizzes kept students engaged.
Recommendation
positive feedback received, with effort behind the areas of positive comment to be maintained
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe technologies and instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis
  2. Perform analyses and calculations using selected technologies and instrumentation
  3. Interpret data obtained from a variety of instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis
  4. Research potential applications of emerging technologies in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)