BIOCHEM 2501 - Biochemistry II: Metabolism
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code BIOCHEM 2501 Course Biochemistry II: Metabolism Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 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 1101/1101ND or BIOLOGY 1401, & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202 Incompatible BIOCHEM 2503 & BIOCHEM 2505 Course Description BIOCHEM 2501 uses the knowledge and understanding gained in the prerequisite level 1 courses (see below) to provide students with an appreciation and an understanding of key metabolic biochemistry and molecular biology concepts. The topics covered include signal transduction pathways, tissue specific metabolism and its control, enzyme specificity and regulation for important metabolic pathways, how the body adjusts to variations in the demand for energy, mechanisms of hormone action and extensions of the signal transduction pathways covered at the beginning of the semester. The course combines lectures, tutorials that reinforce the lecture content, and practicals complement this material.
This practical component draws from the MBS Practical series: Prac A, Prac B and Prac C. Refer to Current Students Online information at www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/enrol/continuing/ for information about enrolling in these practicals.
Course Coordinator: Ms Lynn RogersMrs Racheline (Lynn) Rogers
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
The main principles of metabolic biochemistry concepts
How homeostasis is controlled in the body
The function of specific anabolic and catabolic pathways and how these pathways are controlled and interrelated
How current research has provided us with an understanding of the molecular basis of the control of metabolism
How to communicate scientific information effectively in writing
Hypothesis-based experimental design
2 Plan and safely perform fundamental techniques in molecular and cellular biology 3 Interpret, analyse, and affectively 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2-3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-3 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2-3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesRecommended Textbooks
"Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" Despo Papachristodoulou, Alison Snape, William H. Elliott and Daphne C. Elliott
5th edition (OUP)
Suitable Laboratory attire
Recommended ResourcesSee above
Online LearningAll lectures are recorded
All lecture notes, Tutorial Assignments, Feedback to Assessments, and Past Examination papers are placed on MyUni
The MyUni Discussion Board is monitored daily
MCQs with feedback are on MyUni
Lynn's SWOT Activities to help with the more difficult course concepts are also found on MyUni
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThree Lectures per week although some of these are in the form of lectorials or large tutorial formats where the lecturer reviews the course work and students can ask questions. These are all recorded for MyUni.
Small group tutorials
Daily monitored Discussion Board
Emails with student queries answered as soon as possible
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 Summary
Schedule Week 1 Cell Signalling Week 2 Cell Signalling Week 3 Digestion and characteristics of different tissues Week 4 Glucose traffic in the body Week 5 Obtaining energy from glucose Week 6 Obtaining energy from other foods Week 7 Carbohydrate to fat and other molecules Week 8 Other metabolic pathways and interesting molecules Week 9 Metabolic Diseases/Integration Week 10 Lectorials
How to answer exam questionsWritten Test
Week 11 Lectorials
Week 12 Lectorials
How to answer exam questions
Specific Course Requirements
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE will be incorporated into Prac B of the MBS Prac series
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Assessment Task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Learning Outcome Tutorial assignments and written test Formative/Summative
No 1 Online Tests(10) Summative 10% No 1 Practical assessments Formative/Summative 20% No 2-3 Final written exam Summative 50% No 1
Assessment Related Requirements
Online tests of multiple choice questions(MCQs): 10% of total course grade
MCQ tests given weekly to ensure understanding of lecture material and to encourage further reading of course material. Feedback is provided immediately a question is answered. Students are given one week to organise their time to complete the tests which are on average about one hour long.
Written Tests: 20% of total course grade
Written tests and assignments are given during tutorial and or lecture sessions as timetable permits to ensure understanding of the material presented during the semester and to impart written scientific communication skills to students. Students receive feedback within a week, both verbal in a class format, and written, in the form of example (anonymous) answers from students who have done well. These remain on MyUni for the duration of the semester.
Practical: 20% of total course grade
Four 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 examination covering lecture and tutorial material made up of short and long answer questions.
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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