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Biology in Practice
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- 24 Feb 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion, a student will be able to:
- articulate and practice the importance of health and safety in biological sciences (lab and field)
- develop and demonstrate competencies in set up, operation and shutting down/clean-up of standard laboratory and field equipment
- develop and demonstrate competencies in standard laboratory techniques (e.g. dilutions, aseptic plating, imagery and measurement, labelling)
- maintain an experimental notebook (field and lab); includes field observations with information related to environmental parameters and conditions
- demonstrate competency in data collation, basic statistical analyses and representation by appropriate graphs in reports
- describe and practice scientific methods from generating hypotheses and predictions through to following experimental procedures, and undertaking data collection
- locate, synthesize, appropriately reference (Harvard style) and communicate scientific information, concepts and your own data through oral, visual and written formats (e.g. class tutorials, report, practical exam)
- develop competency in working individually or as a team in tutorials, in the field and the laboratory
- demonstrate professional behaviour in conduct with colleagues and staff, and the ethical handling of organisms
- demonstrate foundational learning skills including active engagement in their learning process.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
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- AttendanceDetails - You must attend and participate in ALL practical and tutorial classes to pass this subject. Attendance is required for six days at the Macquarie University Campus in North Ryde (Sydney, NSW). On campus Sessions 1 & 2 will take place on the 7th & 8th of March 2020 On campus Sessions 3 & 4 will take place on the 15th & 16th of April 2020 On campus Sessions 5 & 6 will take place on the 30th & 31st of May 2020
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA subjects offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in subjects through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject is offered on a pass/fail basis and requires attendance at on-campus sessions.
This subject is a skills-based subject that aims to ensure students have the required laboratory, safety, field and practical skills that are essential for studying biology. These skills are the basis for all units offered in the Department of Biological Sciences. The unit consists of a mixture of lectorials, tutorials and practicals. Students will acquire hands-on skills for working in the field and the laboratory, including the use of microscopes, data collection, analysis and graphing, aseptic techniques, skills for microbiological and molecular work, and accessing, interpreting and citing scientific literature.
It is essential that students attend the required on campus laboratory sessions to acquire the practical skills.
This unit is designed to accompany another 1000 level biology unit and the choice of unit will depend on the student's program.
Participatory task: Participation in practical and tutorial classes. You must attend and participate in ALL practical and tutorial classes to pass this subject. Attendance is required for six days at the Macquarie University Campus in North Ryde. Academic Integrity Module Quiz: The Macquarie University Academic Integrity Module has been developed for students to understand their responsibilities and expectations surrounding the proper citation of materials/resources in their work when completing assessments. Several videos must be viewed to enable the completion of the on-line quiz questions that must be undertaken during the first few weeks of Semester. This is a compulsory hurdle task - students are required to participate in order to pass the subject.
- Midterm exam (30%)
- Practice-based exam (35%)
- Non-academic writing (5%)
- Scientific Report (20%)
- Online quizzes (10%)
- Academic Integrity Module Quiz (0%)
- Participation in practical and tutorial classes (0%)
Essential skills for Science and Technology, Revised Edition.
Zeegers, P. et al.