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BM1003 - Biomedicine in the Tropics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject considers issues that may confront a graduate biomedical scientist. Students will learn a variety of core research skills, both theoretical and practical. Topics covered will include methods of database searching, information retrieval from published literature and report writing. The subject explores the diversity of disciplines and options for students studying biomedicine including medical laboratory science and other laboratory-based careers. A focus of the subject is preparing students for a research career particularly within a tropical/regional context. An introduction to laboratory function is followed by teaching in professional ethics, biosafety and experimental design. Practical experience will be gained through a combination of workshops and placement in teaching and research laboratory environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Become proficient in gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources (i.e. ability to select and use appropriate tools and technology to search data bases; linking theory with practical applications in biomedicine and other areas);
  • Become proficient in speaking and writing clearly, coherently and creatively for various scientific and non-scientific audiences for the presentation of findings;
  • Be aware of the relevance of professional ethics and professional interaction as it relates to team work, cross-cultural communication, bioethics and animal welfare;
  • Become competent at scientific procedures including calculations and dilutions, gathering data, statistical tests, reporting results, experimental design and project proposals.
Prerequisites: BM1001


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Dr Donnalee Taylor
Lecturers: Dr Jodie Morris, Dr Marshall Feterl, Dr Lisa Chilton, Dr Donnalee Taylor.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 20 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); presentations (15%); assignments (35%); 10 h work placement (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory completion of placement components. Satisfactory completion of competency tasks.

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