SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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
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) quizzes and tests; (2) worksheets; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter Arthur and Dr Shaobai Huang
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Contact hours
1 x 1 hour introduction
1 x 1 hour introductory laboratory session
7 x 3 hour laboratory sessions
6 x 1 hour post lab sessions
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