BIOMO511-20A (HAM)

Current Topics in the Biomedical Sciences

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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There is a significant amount of research addressing global biomedical challenges such as obesity, cancer, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and infection. This paper will introduce students to the issues faced by researchers in the biomedical space and the current approaches being used to come up with solutions to some of these challenges.

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Paper Structure

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Nine three-hour seminar sessions on selected topics. The class has been provided three hours to ensure active discussion and fair participation. However, in some circumstances due to the nature of the topic and the number of students, it may be less than three hours.

Attendance to each of these sessions is necessary for the internal marks to be awarded. You will be expected to attend these seminars and read the reading list (selection of scientific journal papers) prior to class.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

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    1. Discuss the theoretical concepts and experimental details underpinning a broad range of modern molecular technologies that are currently being used to advance our understanding in the biomedical sciences;
    2. Describe how research in the areas of physiology, microbiology, genetics and biochemistry are informing the development of therapeutic approaches within biomedicine; and
    3. Communicate scientific ideas and concepts through and essay, poster and in-class presentations.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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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. Topics I and II: Model organisms and neurological disease/injury
6.7
  • Presentation: In Class
2. Topic II - research methods for neurological disease and injury
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Topics III, IV & V: Obesity, cardiovascular disease & reproduction
6.6
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Topics III, IV & V: Obesity, cardiovascular disease & reproduction
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Topics VI & VII: Genome sequencing & Protein Engineering
6.7
  • Presentation: In Class
6. Topics VI & VII: Genome sequencing & Protein Engineering
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. 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 research journal articles/papers/readings relating to topics I-VII will be given to students throughout the semester.
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Other Resources

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Attending:

  • School of Science Seminars
  • Waikato District Health Board Clinical School Seminars at Waikato Hospital (Usually in March)
  • Library tutorials - "Getting started with EndNote", "Searching Databases", etc

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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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10 hours per week (3 hour seminar and 7 hours independent study).
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