Techniques for Investigation of Disease

Subject 531-302 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A maximum of 54 hours of practical work comprising six 6-hour laboratory-based practicals and six 3-hour written data-exercises directly related to the laboratory work
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: 531-201; biochemistry and molecular biology 521-211, 521-212 and 521-220.
Corequisites: 531-301 Cellular Basis of Disease.
Recommended Background Knowledge: Anatomy and cell biology 516-201; biochemistry and molecular biology 521-301 and/or 521-302; or microbiology and immunology 526-304 plus 526-324.
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit cannot be gained for 531-302 and 531-301 prior to 2000.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr J R Underwood; Dr M M Ayers
Subject Overview:

Students completing this subject will:

  • gain a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of the way in which questions about disease processes are formulated and investigation of these questions is carried out using sophisticated laboratory-based techniques; and

  • take part in hands-on laboratory experiments using current techniques (see below) appropriate for investigation of a variety of diseases; also complete written exercises based on interpretation of unseen experimental data.

The techniques to be studied are immunofluorescence and immunocytochemistry, ELISA, immunoblotting and molecular biology techniques.

Assessment: Weekly written reports on practical work due throughout the semester (65%); ongoing assessment of laboratory performance throughout the semester (10%); a 1-hour written examination in the examination period (25%). Submission of the practical report is necessary to pass the subject. Hurdle requirement: attendance at all pre-practical talks and all practical sessions is compulsory.
Prescribed Texts: A laboratory manual and references to current scientific journal articles will be available at the beginning of the semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Students intending to complete a major in pathology are required to enrol in both 531-301 and 531-302.

To enrol in 531-303 and 531-304, a pass must be achieved in both 531-301 and 531-302.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Science
Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology

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