Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

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Unit Overview


This unit consists of laboratory-based activities. It focuses on techniques used in

biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology that are currently used in both research

and commercial laboratories. Students will acquire skills and capabilities skills in

problem solving, critical thinking, experimental design and data analysis. These skills

will be useful when seeking employment or continuing on to higher degrees by


6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate in-depth knowledge about key techniques.; (2) integrate and apply existing knowledge to solve complex scientific problems; (3) apply appropriate laboratory skills to answer questions relevant to the techniques in this course; (4) demonstrate effective problem solving skills; (5) demonstrate effective quantitative reasoning skills; (6) effectively communicate scientific information in written and oral forms; and (7) engage collaboratively and independently in scientific processes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory quizzes; (2) practical laboratory test; and (3) laboratory written and oral communication. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter Arthur
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71520 Master of Biomedical Science
or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
Contact hours
1x 1 hour Introduction Workshop
7x 3 hour Laboratory Sessions
5x 1 hour Post-laboratory Workshop
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.