Melbourne University Biotechnology Research Paper

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Unit information in detail

- Teaching methods, assessment, general skills outcomes and content.

Teaching methods

Supervised practical research project.


Assessment

Written report (joint report) (40%), seminar presentation (20%), laboratory work book (individual), supervisor/demonstrator assesment - Technical competence demonstrated by the student (10%), understanding the project and contribution of ideas (10%), contribution to the work of the project/ dillegance/ enthusiasim and team skills (10%).


General skills outcomes

Students are expected to enhance several of their graduate attributes during this unit and should consult with your lecturer if not clear as to how this unit achieves this. The graduate attributes which relate to this unit help to produce students who:

Are capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas.

  • Have a basic understanding of laboratory practices involved in the study area.
  • Have an in-depth technical competence in the specific (core) discipline.
  • Can apply specific knowledge of the (core) discipline to real situations.
  • Have the ability to engage in critical inquiry.

Operate effectively and ethically in work and community situations.

  • Have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Can effectively communicate within and without the subject discipline.
  • Have a basic understanding of the need to carry out work in an ethical and socially responsible fashion.

Content

Laboratory-based biochemical research project. Techniques used range across those acquired in the 1st semester subject HES4641 Practical Biochemistry including gel electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, spectrofluorimetry, centrifugation and ultracentrifugation, column chromatography, PCR and molecular biology techniques. Projects may use DNA manipulation or analysis, protein purification and analysis, enzyme analysis, or a combination of these and other techniques common to chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology.

Study resources

- Reading materials.

Reading materials

Various research publications and reprints provided or given as references.

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