BIOCHEM 2500 - Biochemistry II: Molecular and Cell Biology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code BIOCHEM 2500 Course Biochemistry II: Molecular and Cell Biology Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 8 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CHEM 1100 & CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1101 & CHEM 1201, BIOLOGY 1001 or BIOLOGY 1101/1101ND or BIOLOGY 1401, & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202 Corequisites One of SCIENCE 2100, SCIENCE 2101 or SCIENCE 2102. This co-requisite is the practical component that is worth 20% of your course. Incompatible BIOCHEM 2502 Course Description BIOCHEM 2500 uses the knowledge and understanding gained in the prerequisite Level I courses (see below) to provide students with an appreciation and an understanding of key biochemistry and molecular biology concepts. Consequently the topics covered include specialised proteins, enzyme specificity and regulation, DNA structure, synthesis and repair, RNA and protein synthesis, and some pathways utilised to control gene expression. The course combines lectures, tutorials that reinforce the lecture content, and practicals to complement the lecture content.
PRACTICAL COMPONENT worth 20% of the grade:
Students enrolled in this course will need to also enrol in a separate course which is the practical component (one of SCIENCE 2100 or SCIENCE 2101 or SCIENCE 2102). To determine which practical to enrol into you are required to read the document on:
please scroll down to "Level 2 BIOCHEM, GENETICS, MICRO courses".
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Keith ShearwinMs Racheline (Lynn) Rogers
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand aspects of:
Protein Structure and Function
Synthesis and repair RNA and protein synthesis
The control of prokaryote and eukaryote gene expression
Protein Synthesis in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
2 Understanding hypothesis-based experimental design 3 Plan and safely perform fundamental techniques in molecular and cellular biology 4 Interpret, analyse and effectively communicate experimental data and conclusions of scientific research
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
"Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" by Despo Papachristodoulou, Alison Snape, William H. Elliott and Daphne C. Elliott
5th Edition (OUP)
Any other current Biochemistry Text
Laboratory coat and closed shoes on practical days
Recommended ResourcesRecommended Textbook (see above)
Additional resources on MyUni
Online LearningMyUni is an essential resource for this course but it is essential for students to login regularly to check on important course-related announcements and material.
Students will find the following on MyUni:
All lectures are recorded
All lecture notes
The Discussion Board which is monitored daily
MCQs on MyUni
Lynn's Swot Activities to help with some of the more difficult concepts in the course
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures
An average of three lectures per week including revision lectures.Some lectures are lectorial sessions (tutorial sessions in a large class format where students are encouraged to ask questions).
An average of one tutorial per week although some weeks may be tutorial-free because the tutorials are held as "Lectorials": tutorial sessions in a large class format where students are encouraged to ask questions
Lynn's Concept Slides
Where some of the more difficult course concepts are explained in detail and uploaded on MyUni
An average of 20 hours per semester
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryWeeks 1-2
Protein Structure and Function
DNA Structure, Replication and Repair
Transcription and Gene Expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
Review and revision of new concepts
How to answer exam questions
The genetic code
Translation and control in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
Review and Assessment
Protein sorting and delivery
Specific Course RequirementsRecommended Textbook and appropriate laboratory attire
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Yes or No
Learning Outcome Written tests and Assignments Summative
No 1 Online tests Summative 10% No 1 Final Exam Summative 50% No 1 Practical assessments Summative 20% No 1-4
Assessment Related Requirements
Online tests of multiple choice questions: 10% of total course grade
MCQ Tests with immediate feedback to encourage further reading of course material so as to ensure students have an understanding of the concepts.
Students are notified as each test is released and given one week to organise their time to complete the test. There is an average of 10 questions per test.
Written Tests: 20% of total course grade
Written tests are also to ensure understanding of the content presented during the semester. These are usually done during tutorial and or lecture sessions (timetable permitting). Students receive feedback within a week. This is verbal feedback during the tutorials or during a specified lecture (as the timetable permits) and also written feedback in the form of examples of excellent (anonymous) answers written by peer students in the class. These are put up on MyUni and remain accessible for all students as many do not attend lectures, or tutorials.
These tests provides the students with a benchmark for communicating scientific information effectively in writing. Subsequent summative tests are given as the semester progresses to ensure summative knowledge of course material.
Practical: 20% of total course grade
Written practical assessments per semester handed in by the students are promptly assessed to provide feedback. Details vary depending on which practical students enrol into in the prac ABC system.
Final written Examination: 50% of total course grade
A 2.5 hour exam covering lecture and tutorial material is held during the June/July examination period.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted,then a penalty for late submission
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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