University of Technology Sydney

60113 Biotechnology Research Internship Project C

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UTS: Science
Credit points: 16 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

Research projects in medical biotechnology provide students with an opportunity to undertake a session-long research project within one of the research groups at UTS or collaboratively with an external organisation. The project provides students with additional training and skills required to undertake research in medical biotechnology as well as further developing their investigative and communication skills in the medical biotechnology context.

Students work within a laboratory under the supervision of a member of academic staff. In collaboration with their UTS supervisor and, where appropriate, an industry or external co-supervisor, students work to formulate the scope of the research project, including planning the research work. The student is responsible for carrying out the work, including appropriate and critical analysis of the data or information obtained, and writing up their findings in a formal written report (4000–6000 words approx.).

Due to supervisory and infrastructure constraints, places in this subject are limited and it can only be undertaken with faculty approval. Students should approach their program director and potential supervisors about project availability in the first instance. A project proposal, written in consultation with, and signed by the proposed supervisor and countersigned by the program director must be sent to the Master of Science course director for formal approval. Where the project involves laboratory or fieldwork, a completed risk assessment form must also be provided with the approval request. Ethics approval is required for certain projects.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Develop and execute a project plan with your supervisor, within the field of your research area.
2. Establish effective channels of communication with your supervisor(s) and colleagues.
3. Apply knowledge and skills into professional scientific practice to gain new expertise.
4. Review and respond to existing academic literature.
5. Apply appropriate methods of statistical analysis to interpret data.
6. Communicate the findings of your research through both written and oral communication, including the contribution of the research to the scientific field.
7. Demonstrate an ongoing process of reflection and observation of experiences which leads to the development and testing of innovative and creative new ideas.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of following course intended learning outcomes:

  • Analyse: Demonstrate critical engagement with the appraisal of advanced knowledge in Medical Biotechnology in a range of professional contexts. (1.1)
  • Synthesise: Create a professional identity through engagement with scientific knowledge to demonstrate depth, breadth, application and interrelationships of relevant discipline areas. (1.2)
  • Evaluate: Combine advanced application of in- depth and up-to-date technical knowledge and research principles in biotechnology, critically evaluating the information source and relevance, with a focus on flow cytometry, microscopy, proteomics and biotechnology relevant to professional practice. (1.3)
  • Analyse: Critically evaluate information such as scientific literature in the investigation of complex medical biotechnology problems. (2.1)
  • Synthesise: Tackle the challenge of complex real-world biotechnology and medical problems by investigating, analyzing and critically evaluating different solutions to complex problems. (2.2)
  • Analyse: Engage in work practices that demonstrate an understanding of health and safety requirements, ethical conduct, risk management, and organisation and collaborative skills, record keeping in the context of medical biotechnology. (3.1)
  • Evaluate: Design, construct, collaborate and execute appropriately-judged professional solutions to complex biotechnology problems incorporating a regard for, and understanding of, intellectual property. (3.3)
  • Analyse: research and reflect the value, integrity, and relevance of multiple sources of information to derive innovative solutions to complex global medical and health problems. (4.1)
  • Synthesise: Self-reflect on the processes used to acquire and apply knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability. (4.2)
  • Evaluate: Find, create, and evaluate solutions to health and society biotechnological needs through innovation, creativity, curiosity, application of technologies, and commitment to self-directed learning. (4.3)
  • Analyse: Identify appropriate communication approaches from a variety of methods (oral, written, visual) to communicate with medical experts, scientists, industry, and the general public. (5.1)
  • Synthesise: Present and Communicate complex ideas and justifications in a rigorous, effective and professional manner across all mediums to a range of audiences using appropriate media. (5.2)
  • Evaluate: Judge the use of appropriate interpersonal communication skills with peers, industry representatives, government, and members of the public. (5.3)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Graduate Attribute 1 - Disciplinary knowledge

You will apply the disciplinary knowledge and practical skills you have developed during the Master of Medical Biotechnology program and related knowledge from your undergraduate studies to a research question in order to contribute to the development of new knowledge of science and engineering processes. To successfully complete your research project, you will build a deeper understanding of the focus area by critiquing and/or using existing scientific literature to complete aspects of the project such as data analysis, experiments, or interpretation of results.

Graduate Attribute 2 – Research, inquiry and critical thinking

You will learn how to structure and investigate a research project from the design stage to the final report and seminar by using scientific method. You will formulate scientific hypotheses and learn how to design appropriate experiments to test and evaluate these hypotheses with guidance from your supervisors. You will also develop problem-solving skills by applying existing knowledge or literature to solve unknown or unfamiliar problems. You will be trained on and gain expertise with state-of-the-art instruments, software and processes used in Medical Biotechnology industry and research appropriate to the project, and apply this knowledge and skills to new workplace or research scenarios.

Graduate Attribute 3 – Professional, ethical and social responsibility

You will develop professional skills and ability to learn collaboratively with other scientists - necessary for continued career development in modern science - through independent research, participating in research group meetings, working with other researchers and students in the laboratory, and managing the day-to-day aspects of your project. You will have an opportunity to practice key professional attributes such as time management, researching scientific literature, problem solving, and personal organisation required for a successful career. You will learn other professional skills such as laboratory risk assessment and management, conducting ethical research, maintaining thorough laboratory notes, and scientific communication during their project work.

Graduate Attribute 4 - Reflection, Innovation, Creativity

Through the course of designing experiments and analysing data, you will develop skills to reflect on the process of generating the data and further refine the experiment to improve the quality and reliability of the data. You will also innovate and improve the experiments following the reflective process and, with consultation of supervisors and the wider research community, develop creative solutions to generate meaningful data of high quality and reliability.

Graduate attribute 5 – Communication

You will extend and develop communication skills through authentic workplace communications, including formal and informal oral and written communication to a range of audiences. This communication can include meetings, small group presentations, collaborative work and written reports, to help you develop your communication skills in the professional context. The communication of research project findings is an essential part of your professional development. Written communication is further developed by writing a scientific report at the end of the project, which requires critical analysis of the data and sources into a coherent body of work with. You will also practice oral communication skills, presenting your findings in a laboratory based presentation

Teaching and learning strategies

Guided learning

Teaching and learning in this subject is on an individual level and linked to your project. You will acquire crucial laboratory skills in formal training sessions with supervisors, professional research technical officers and/or industry supervisors. With assistance from your supervisors, you will learn other practices required in a professional research environment, such as preparing risk management plans, project plans, designing experiments, and research ethics. Supervisors will provide guidance and personalised feedback on assessments to help you refine your academic writing, literature critique and presentation skills. You may also request one-on-one meetings with your supervisors to discuss specific problems or progress. More detailed information on student feedback modes is presented in the Assessment Feedback section.

Independent learning

You will be responsible for the day-to-day activities in your research project, including balancing research time and coursework commitments, providing draft work for critique in a timely manner, and providing regular updates to your supervisors. You will use online resources such as scientific literature, webinars or tutorials to develop a deeper understanding of their research topic and results. Online support materials are provided on Canvas and are designed to complement the supervisors' guidance on literature review and presentation writing and general research practices.

Research group meetings and collaborative learning

You will be seen as an active participant of your research group, and you are expected to show 'good citizenship' within your respective groups. Research group meetings are one channel for receiving regular feedback and guidance from your supervisors and other research students. This includes attending and giving updates at group meetings and participating in other activities such as journal clubs or practice seminars, which will help you develop your critical review, scientific and presentation skills. You will have the opportunity to actively learn from senior research students in the laboratory.

Content (topics)

The topic for this research project is developed in your research plan. Your research plan is the result of a process of consultation and feedback with your project supervisor and must be evaluated and formally approved by him / her.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Final Report

Intent:

The following graduate attributes are assessed in this task:

1. Disciplinary knowledge

2. Research, inquiry and critical thinking

3. Professional, ethical and social responsibility

4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity
5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 4.3, 5.2 and 5.3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 70%
Length:

4,000-6,000 words

Assessment task 2: Seminar

Intent:

The following graduate attributes are assessed in this task:

1. Disciplinary knowledge.

2. Research, inquiry and critical thinking.

3. Professional, ethical and social responsibility

4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity

5. Communication.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

3, 4, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.3, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1 and 5.2

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

10 minute presentation plus 5 minutes question time.

Minimum requirements

In any assessment task worth 40% or more of the final, overall assessment, you are required to obtain at least 40% of the possible marks for that task, in order to pass the subject. If a mark of 40% or more in not achieved, a fail grade (X) may be awarded for this subject, regardless of an aggregate mark of 50% or greater for the subject, overall. Students must obtain a minimum of 50% for the cumulative marks in the subject in order to pass this subject.

Other resources

Additional resources for the subject will be made available on Canvas.