Course Outline

BIM300 Advanced Professional Skills in Biomedical Science

Course Coordinator:Sarah Bajan (SBajan@usc.edu.au) School:School of Health - Biomedicine

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to usc.edu.au for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This course develops professional and research skills required for a successful career in biomedical science. You will analyse and evaluate scientific research articles, boosting your problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You will enhance your communication and interpersonal skills by engaging in different methods of scientific communication, discussing ethical considerations in scientific research and providing self and peer assessment. To improve your employability, you will learn to address selection criteria, which is an essential skill for successful job applications.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous, self-directed online learning modules. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus, synchronous interactive workshops 3hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Transferable Skills and Employability
  • Searching for, Reading and Critiquing Scientific Literature
  • The Role of Communication in Science
  • How to Formulate a Research Question
  • Experimental Design Strategies
  • Importance of Statistics in Scientific Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Ethics and Integrity in Scientific Research

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Analyse scientific data and scientific literature Creative and critical thinker
2 Reflect on ethical issues in scientific research. Ethical
3 Communicate science to diverse audiences using written and oral methods. Empowered
4 Generate constructive feedback for self and peer assessment Creative and critical thinker
5 Display organisational and planning skills for effective autonomous and collaborative learning in group work tasks Empowered
6 Develop skills to enhance career planning and employability Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Students must have completed a minimum of 144 units of study and be enrolled in SC355, SC357, SC385, SC302 or SC301.

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback will be provided in class from peers and the course coordinator in the week 1, 2, 3 and 4 workshops regarding chosen topics and approaches to all assessment tasks. Feedback will be provided for assessment item 1 by the course coordinator before its presentation.  Formative assessment activities for assessments 2 and 3 will be completed in class. Optional draft assessment can be submitted for feedback for assessment task 3. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral Group 35%
15 min presentation + 5 min Q+A
Week 8 In Class
All 2 Written Piece Individual 25%
Students will write responses to five selection criteria from one job advertisement.
Week 11 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Literature Review (or component) Individual 40%
The structure and formatting of the article will adhere to the requirements of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC).
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Presentation of an Original Research Journal Article
Goal:
The goal of this group presentation is to assess your ability to critically analyse a scientific journal article and communicate your analyses to a general audience. You will develop skills in group work, reflection, communication and critical analysis of literature.
Product: Oral
Format:
Delivery of a 15 min group oral presentation followed by a 5 min question time. Presentations will be assessed by academics (90% of final mark) and by your peers (10% of final mark). Further details will be provided on the course Canvas site.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Analysis of scientific data and scientific literature
1
2
Communication of science to a general audience
3
3
Reflection of appropriate ethical issues of the data presented
2
4
Generation of constructive feedback for self and peer assessment
4
5
Displayed organisational and planning skills for effective autonomous and collaborative learning in group work tasks
5
All - Assessment Task 2:Employability Task
Goal:
The goal of this written piece is to provide you the opportunity to reflect on your current skill set by addressing selection criteria for a job that interests you. This is an essential component of successful job applications.
Product: Written Piece
Format:
Individual submission of a report. You will search for and identify a job vacancy that you are interested in and would consider applying for after graduation. From the selection criteria or required attributes of the job vacancy selected, you will identify five criteria to address. If you can not currently address the criteria, you should outline strategies to improve your capacity to address the criteria. Further details will be provided on the course Canvas site.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Developed skills to enhance career planning and employability
6
All - Assessment Task 3:Writing a Literature Review
Goal:
The goal of this written article is to assess your ability to analyse, present and communicate scientific data in an essential format for scientific research. You will develop skills in data analysis, communication and critical analysis of literature.
Product: Literature Review (or component)
Format:
Individual submission of a scientific review article. The topic of the article is driven by the your scientific interests and will be confirmed with the course coordinator. The structure and formatting of the article will adhere to the requirements of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC). Feedback will be provided on an optional, but highly encouraged, draft submission of your article. Further details will be provided on the course Canvas site.

SUBMIT: Draft submission week 10, Final submission week 13
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Analysis of scientific data and scientific literature
1
2
Communication of science to a scientific audience
3
3
Reflection of appropriate ethical issues related to the data analysed and presented
2

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate (the rates are cumulative): 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day 
- 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. 
To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

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