Course Title: Conduct simple activities in a biological science laboratory

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: BIOL5098

Course Title: Conduct simple activities in a biological science laboratory

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Nevil Schultz

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4221

Course Contact Email: nevil.schultz@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 10

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course will be run in conjunction with Cell Biology  BIOL 5099

Course Description

This unit covers the skills required to conduct simple activities in a biological science laboratory. It involves performing basic microscopy tasks, including specimen preparation, staining and scientific sketching.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU075 Conduct simple activities in a biological science laboratory

Element:

Operate monocular and stereo microscopes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Perform basic cleaning and general maintenance of monocular and stereo microscopes

1.2 Operate monocular and stereo microscopes

Element:

Prepare and stain plant and animal tissue specimens for microscopic examination

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Produce scientific diagrams of slide specimens

2.2 Accurately sketch biological material being viewed under the microscope

Element:

Produce scientific diagrams of slide specimens

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Prepare and stain plant and animal tissue specimens for microscopic examination
3.2 Prepare unstained and stained wet mount slides of biological material suitable for microscopic examination


Learning Outcomes



 



Details of Learning Activities

 Theory classes

Classroom demonstrations on Microscope use & Tissue preparation

 Laboratory exercises


Teaching Schedule

WeekDateTopicTaskPracticalAssessment Due dates
112 JulyCell Theory and Organelles   
219 JulyPro- and Eukaryotes   
326 JulyDiffusion, Active Transport, Osmosis Microscope Prac 1  
42 Aug  Microscope Prac II 
59 Aug   Prac reports for Mic 1 & Mic 2 due
616 Aug    
723 Aug  Osmosis & Diffusion 
830 Aug   Osmosis & Diffusion report due
96 Sept    Organelle Powerpoint asignment due


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This course is competency based and students will be assessed as competent in the above learning outcomes with:

verbal & written questions  on microscope terms, correct handling & use

• practical demonstration by the student of wet mount & squash preparations of plant material

• practical demonstration by the student of microscope techniques

• research assignment on cell images

•  a laboratory report

Students must be assessed as competent in all assessment tasks to receive a COMPETENT result (A pass) in this course.



Assessment Tasks

Each Task will be Competency Based. The overall result for the course will be assessed as CA (competent) or NYC (Not Yet Competent).

To be assessed as competent overall, the student will need to be asessed as competent in all of the following assessment tasks:

Oral & Written Quiz on microscope use.

Preparation of wet mount microscope slide

Correct focussing of microscope

Powerpoint on cell organelle

Laboratory report on plant & animal tissue observation


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

For information on late submission of work or absence on the day of assessment, please go to the Program site on the Learning Hub for C3209 Certificate III in Science or contact the Program Co-ordinator, Judi Mc Cann.

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