UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MSCI4006 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content This unit comprises modules on advanced techniques used in the molecular sciences. Students choose four modules relevant to their research projects. Each module consists of six contact hours of lectures and/or tutorials. Module topics include, but are not limited to, molecular structure (including visualisation, computer graphics and data analyses); methods in mass spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance; variations of the polymerase chain reaction and their specific applications, including next generation sequencing methods; computational modelling; chromatographic methods; informatics; Python programming and scripting; X-ray diffraction. Modules are offered according to staff availability and student requirements. The main academic objectives are for students to gain an understanding of advanced, cutting-edge techniques used in their fields of study, and develop their skills in critical thinking, problem solving and quantitative analysis.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe advanced, cutting-edge techniques relevant to their field of study and the application of these techniques; and (2) critically evaluate the advantages, power, and information that can be gained from advanced techniques as well as realise their limitations.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) quizzes; (2) project portfolios; (3) essays; and (4) presentations (poster or oral). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Paul Attwood
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study: undergraduate major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics
Contact hours lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/MSCI4006/SEM-1/2017

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