BMS248 Practical Separation Methods (4)

This subject will introduce separation techniques used in biochemical, genetic clinical and research laboratories. It will draw on foundation knowledge and skills from, amongst others, first year medical science subjects and will provide a basis for future medical science clinical subjects and practicals. This practical subject will be run in a residential school format with both internal and distance cohorts attending the practical sessions.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Micro Session 3 (42)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS248. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate general laboratory skills important in medical science and research;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in making dilutions and calculate the correct dilution factors of general laboratory solutions;
  • be able to use general laboratory equipment for isolation, separation and analysis of proteins and nucleic acids; and
  • be able to calculate, interpret and analyse experimental data.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The chemical basis of separation techniques;
  • Isolate, separate and analyse proteins, peptides and amino acids in various samples;
  • Isolate, separate and analyse nucleic acids and nucleic acid differences in various samples;
  • The importance of protein and nucleic acid analysis in medical science practice and research; and
  • Interpretation, calculation and analysis of experimental data for diagnosis and research.

Residential School

This subject contains a 7 day Compulsory Residential School.

This subject is a micro-session practical subject. The residential school will provide students with practical skills in molecular biological separation techniques by completing practicals such as (but not limited to) gel electrophoresis, DNA hybridisation, PCR, and various assays. Students will learn how to interpret molecular biological and biochemistry data. Individual, group and class exercises will be carried out to allow students to learn to work as individuals as well as to develop team work skills. The laboratory skills in this practical will be taught with a contextualised approach to medical science.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.