BIOMO306-19B (HAM)

Molecular Biology and Health

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science

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Paper Description

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This paper looks at the application of molecular biology knowledge and skills in the health sciences. Throughout the paper there will be an emphasis on the application of molecular techniques, bioinformatic approaches, data collection, data analysis and report presentation.
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Paper Structure

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Important note for international students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes and Specific Attributes

    The aim of this paper is to provide knowledge of how genes interact in genomes, organisms, populations and human disease. Students will acquire understanding of molecular techniques, bioinformatic approaches, data collection, data analysis and report presentation.

    The specific attributes that successful students will acquire are:

    • The ability to describe the molecular mechanisms involved in genetic, metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases, and cancer
    • The ability to demonstrate knowledge of the molecular techniques in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease
    • the ability to apply basic research approaches to unravel the foundations of health and disease
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment items will normally be adhered to. Any changes to the dates will be made in consultation with the class at least one week prior to the original date. Satisfactory completion of the Moodle quizzes, assignments, presentations, and tests are also an essential element of the paper and irrespective of the marks you receive must be completed in order to pass the paper. Medical certificates must be presented for any test or assessment item missed.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Moodle Quiz 1
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Moodle Quiz 2
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Theory Test 1
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Assignment
2 Sep 2019
No set time
12
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Moodle Quiz 3
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Moodle Quiz 4
22 Sep 2019
No set time
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Theory Test 2
24 Sep 2019
3:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
8. Oral Presentation
1 Oct 2019
3:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
9. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Specific readings will be given to students throughout the semester.
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.


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Workload

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Approximately 52 contact hours, constituting lectures (12), moodle quizzes (4), tutorials/workshops (4), theory tests (2), and poster presentation (1). A student would be expected to spend an equal time on study and assessment during the year.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is of particular relevance to students undertaking Molecular and Biology papers such as

BIOMO302 - Advanced Genetics

BIOMO301 - Advanced Biochemistry

BIOMO303 - Advanced Microbiology

BIOMO304 - Applied Animal Physiology

In addition, this paper may be relevant to students with majors/minors in Ecology and Biodiversity and/or Environmental Science.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: BIOMO202 and 15 points of any 200-level BIOL or BIOMO papers

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