MEDSCI 733 : Advanced Methods in Cell Physiology

Medical and Health Sciences

2021 Semester One (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The theoretical basis underpinning electrophysiological and live cell imaging techniques used to probe cellular function will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the instrumentation, data acquisition, and data analysis associated with each technology. The approach is practical and computer-based software programmes are used to analyse pre-recorded data, and data produced by the students themselves.

Course Overview

The course is divided into 3 modules. (i) Data acquisition and processing; looking at the fundamental concepts of physics underpinning digital data acquisition and processing including filtering. (ii)   Imaging; learning the optical aspects of imaging and understanding the uses of various imaging techniques utilised in biomedical sciences. (iii)Electrophysiology; learning the differences between intracellular and extracellular electrophysiological recordings. All modules have corresponding practical components.

Course Requirements

Restriction: MEDSCI 726

Course Contacts

Course Director: Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery (jm.montgomery@auckland.ac.nz; ext 89828)
Course Coordinator: Dr Raj Selvaratnam (r.subramaniam@auckland.ac.nz; ext 86955) Primary contact.

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand the basis of digital data acquisition and processing (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  2. Demonstrate skills in developing digital acquisition and filtering system for use in scientific research. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  3. Evaluate electrophysiological recording techniques used in biomedical research (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. Evaluate imaging techniques utilized in biomedical research. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  5. Communicate via oral and written presentations the concepts being introduced in the course (Capability 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)

Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Module 1 4 Assignments 8% Individual Coursework
Module 2 Optics 2 Assignments 10% Individual Coursework
Module 3 Electro Oral Presentation 10% Individual Coursework
Test 1 Module 1 25% Individual Coursework
Test Final 47% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Module 1 4 Assignments
Module 2 Optics 2 Assignments
Module 3 Electro Oral Presentation
Test 1 Module 1
Test Final

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 12 hours of lectures, a 20 hour practicals, 24 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 56 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including practicals, seminars, tutorials and lectures to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials, seminars and practicals will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions or tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the tests.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Also lecture presentation will be available on Canvas at the completion of the lecture. Since all sessions are interactive they are compulsory for attendance and recordings will not be available.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.

Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.