Course Title: Conduct simple activities in a biological science laboratory

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Not Applicable

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 Obtain focussed images of slide specimens

Element:

Prepare and stain plant and animal tissue specimens for microscopic examination

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Prepare wet & dry mount slides of biological material suitable for microscopic examination as demonstrated

2.2 Prepare unstained and stained wet mount slides of biological material suitable for microscopic examination as demostrated

Element:

Produce scientific diagrams of slide specimens

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Obtain focussed images of professionally prepared slide specimen

3.2 Accurately sketch biological material being viewed under the microscope


Learning Outcomes



 



Details of Learning Activities

Use of Binocular microscopes, and operation of all settings such as objective lens selection, contrast adjustment, Coarse & Fine focus control, illumination selection.

Plant Tissue Preparation for microscope slide observation. Wet mount and squash preparation techniques used.

Tissue Staining Techniques demonstration and student practical work employing staining

Safety procedure demonstration for microscope handling & tissue preparation.

Scientific sketching of images observed through the microscopes, using freshly prepared and pre-prepared slides.


Teaching Schedule

DateTopicAssessment
11 Feb 2013 Cell Theory 
18 Feb Eukaryotic Cells Under the Microscope 
25 Feb Microscope Practical part I 
3 Mar Microscope Practical part II Skill Test
11 March Drafting of microscope report 
18 March  Hand in Practical Report
25 Mar  Feedback on Practical Work


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Nature of Biology Book One  Activity  Manual, Wiley & Sons


Other Resources

 

The First Basics on How to use a Microscope:      http://www.microscope-microscope.org/basic/how-to-use-a-microscope.htm


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

This Competency is assessed such that the final result will CA, competent     or        NYC, Not yet competent

Task 1

Microscope skills test      CA/NYC

 

Task 2

Practical report                 CA/NYC


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Nominal Hours:  10

2 practical session @ 2 hours each = 4 hours

4 theory classes with one hour devoted to microscope theory & practice = 4 hours

2 hours report preparation time  = 2 hours

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