BIOL12109 - Technology and Instrumentation
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will examine new technologies and innovative practices used in sustainable agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis. By examining a range of measurement technologies, you will identify how they can be used to facilitate production efficiency, to undertake product and process monitoring, and for research and analysis. You will also study the principles of instrumentation design and research emerging technology trends by accessing current scientific literature. At a compulsory residential school, you will develop analytical and laboratory skills using a range of instrumentation.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

CHEM11041 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Presentation 15%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
BIOL11101 Field and Farm Ecology should not be a pre or co requisite self This requirement should be removed.
Position within degree structure is unclear self Draft course proposal has BIOL12109 as a second year unit with the chem stream. This is clear positioning and a pre-requisite from first year could be added.
Suggest lectures be pre-recorded and separated into smaller sections student feedback This flex group did not attend physical lectures. Trial of smaller pre-recorded presentations backed up by discussion board interaction is recommended.
Need to alter assessment weighting to reward engagement in weekly activity self, course co-ordinator Give assessment weighting to weekly quizzes at expense of exam weighting.
Revise lab manual and assignment task description student feedback Revise lab manual and assignment descriptions.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe technologies and instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis
  2. Perform analyses and calculations using selected technologies and instrumentation
  3. Interpret data obtained from a variety of instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis
  4. Research potential applications of emerging technologies in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Presentation    
3 - Practical Assessment    
4 - Online Quiz(zes)  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Presentation        
3 - Practical Assessment      
4 - Online Quiz(zes)          

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There is no required textbook for this unit. Rather a set of readings will be provided each week.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKerry Walsh (k.walsh@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction

Enterpreneurship, IP and commercialisation

Week 2 17-07-2017

Sample preparation and sampling theory - probability and statistics

Week 3 24-07-2017

Error of measurement and measurement of error

Week 4 31-07-2017

Instrumentation basics

Week 5 07-08-2017

Techniques I - microscopies

(light, phase, dark, polarising, SEM, TEM, confocal, AFM, etc)

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Sensor Technology : case study I Due Wednesday (16 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 6 21-08-2017

Techniques II – displacement, temperature, pressure, flow, liquid level

Week 7 28-08-2017

Techniques III – speed, vibration, acceleration, force, torque, power, strain, stress, viscosity, surface tension, humidity, density

Week 8 04-09-2017

Techniques IV - Remote sensing

Week 9 11-09-2017

Adding spatial data – geo-positioning techniques, mapping,

compulsory residential school held in Rockhampton

13 to 15 September

Week 10 18-09-2017

Interfacing for data acquisition and control; process control; communications

Practical Assessment Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Using information – control systems, decision support systems; modelling - starting with regression

Week 12 02-10-2017

Examples - technology uptake

Review

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

This unit is co-ordinated by Prof Kerry Walsh (k.walsh@cqu.edu.au). Note that the residential school is compulsory and is held on the North Rockhampton campus.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Sensor Technology : case study I
Task Description

The assessment task involves review of a sensor technology product in terms of

(i) principle of operation;

(ii) operational limits - detection limit, error of measurement, interferences etc;

(iii) comparison of available products;

(iv) consideration of likely future developments.

As a guideline, the essay main body should be around 3000 words or so, excluding references - essays that are substantially longer than this (say over 3500 words) or shorter than this (say less than 2500 words) are unlikely to score as highly as those that make the best use of the 3000 word length.

A typical response might involve access of a general technical text or website for general information on the principle of operation, primary scientific journal articles and/or patents on the development and application of the technology of interest, and websites (application notes etc) of commercial entities involved in the production and distribution of the technology. Do attempt a patent search around the technology. The assignment may be written as a justification for acquisition of a particular technology.

The product reviewed should be drawn from the topics to be covered in this unit. Potential topics include: a handheld Xray spectrometer for quantifying metal composition, a NIR spectrometer for compositional analysis of grain, an electronic nose for cadaver detection, a streamflow guaging device.

For example, the Thermo Fisher Tru-Defender is a handheld FTIR device for the identification of explosive or narcotic chemicals. Approximately 1500 words (with figures/diagrams) could be devoted to a description of the principle of operation (e.g. fourier transform infrared spectrocopy, chemometrics of spectral matching), 500 words on operational specifications (e.g. detection limit) (if not given by the manufacturer, search the general literature for expected performance criteria), 500 words (with figures/tables) comparing this brand/model of FTIR to like products, and/or to alternative technologies for the same application), and 500 words to a 'forward think' on how this technology/application is likely to evolve. You might think of technologies you see in 'everyday life', e.g. what sensor technologies are embedded in a smart phone? what is the technology used in an airport to 'sniff' you and your carry on?

We will discuss the task in the first two weeks of term, with illustration of parallel exercises.

Text should be word-processed with appropriate layout and use of headings/sub-headings. Font and line spacing are not part of the assessment criteria. Diagrams should be used to illustrate specific aspects - a picture is worth a thousand words (figuratively)! Do cite/reference all diagrams used. Avoid large file size images - save any images as lower resolution, to decrease the file size.

The list of references should form the last page or two, at the end of the assessment. Referencing should be in a consistent style - typically Harvard or APA formats (choose a style and be consistent within that style).

Please save/upload your file in either a Word format (.doc or .docx) or in a basic text format that can be opened in Word.

Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Wednesday (16-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

This assignment aims to assess: (a) written communication skills; including referencing; (b) ability to source and synthesise relevant information and (c) an understanding of the principle of operation around the use of a particular technology in a food/agricultural/environmental/medical application. These areas will contribute 10, 10, and 80% of the awarded grade.

The third criterion will be considered in terms of : (i) principle of operation; (ii) operational limits - detection limit, error of measurement, interferences etc; (iii) comparison of available products; (iv) consideration of likely future developments. These areas will contribute 40, 14, 13 and 13% (total 80%) of the awarded grade.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - A minimum mark of 45% is required
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe technologies and instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis

4. Research potential applications of emerging technologies in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Presentation

Assessment Title Sensor Technology : case study II. Oral presentation with supporting material.
Task Description

This assignment replicates that of the first assignment, with presentation on a different technology/application, and presentation via oral and Powerpoint, rather than an essay/Word format. Allow 15 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. As we are further progressed into term for this submission, more technical detail is expected than in the first assignment.

The aims are similar to the first assignment:

(a) communication skills; including oral and use of supporting aids;

(b) ability to source and synthesise relevant information and

(c) demonstrate understanding of the principle of operation around the use of a particular technology in a food/agricultural/environmental/medical application.

The third criterion will be considered in terms of :

(i) principle of operation;

(ii) operational limits - detection limit, error of measurement, interferences etc;

(iii) comparison of available products;

(iv) consideration of likely future developments.

The oral presentation will be delivered in residential school. Pre-submission of supporting aids (Powerpoint slides) is recommended for informal feedback before the Residential school.

Refer to the description of the first assignment task for further detail.

Assessment Due Date The oral presentation will occur during Residential School.
Return Date to Students Week 11 Monday (25-Sep-2017)
Feedback on the oral component will be given during Residential School.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

The oral presentation will be assessed on clarity of presentation and visual aids, on the level of understanding of the measurement principle and of the application context, as demonstrated in presentation and in addressing questions. A presentation time of approx 15 min with 5-10 min of questions is anticipated.

This written component will be assessed on: (a) communication skills; including referencing; (b) ability to source and synthesise relevant information and (c) demonstrate understanding of the principle of operation around the use of a particular technology in a food/agricultural/environmental/medical application.

These areas will contribute 25, 10, and 65% of the awarded grade.

The third criterion will be considered in terms of : (i) principle of operation; (ii) operational limits - detection limit, error of measurement, interferences etc; (iii) comparison of available products; (iv) consideration of likely future developments. These areas will contribute 35, 10, 10 and 10% (total 65%) of the awarded grade.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 45%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

The oral presentation will be made during residential school. Submission of supporting material (e.g. ppt) should be made through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe technologies and instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis

4. Research potential applications of emerging technologies in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Practical Report: a scientific report on activity undertaken at the Residential School is required, following the standard format of: Title/author/abstract/Introduction/Materials and Methods/Results/ Discussion/References. Data will be provided from that collected at Residential School. Details will be provided at the Residential School.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This submission will be assessed on :

(a) correct use of scientific reporting format (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods. Results, Discussion, References);

(b) adequate literature review;

(c) experimental design and description;

(d) data presentation and analysis;

(e) interpretation.

Marks will be awarded to these four areas in the following ratio: 10, 25, 15, 25, 25.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 45%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Perform analyses and calculations using selected technologies and instrumentation

3. Interpret data obtained from a variety of instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

The Moodle site contains on-line quizzes associated with each major topic covered in the course. These quizzes are intended to form a progressive assessment of your understanding of the terminology and principles covered in this unit, to ensure a developing knowledge of the unit topic content throughout the term.

The quizz will be open at the beginning of the relevant week and will close two weeks later. There will be 10 quizz sets, each drawing a random selection of 10 questions from a question bank. Questions will generally be multiple choice, but other questions types may be used (e.g. calculation, short answer). Multiple attempts are permitted, with best mark accepted.

Number of Quizzes 10
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date to be undertaken within one week of the topic as scheduled (check Moodle site)
Return Date to Students Instant marking, with generic feedback through the weekly discussion board.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

A passing grade must be obtained on each quizz.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50
Submission Online

Undertake the quizz associated with each major topic area on the Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe technologies and instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis

2. Perform analyses and calculations using selected technologies and instrumentation

3. Interpret data obtained from a variety of instrumentation used in agricultural and industrial production, food processing and environmental analysis

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy




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