BIOCHEM 2502 - Biochem II (Biotech): Molecular and Cell Biology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code BIOCHEM 2502 Course Biochem II (Biotech): Molecular and Cell Biology Coordinating Unit School of Molecular and Biomedical Science Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 8 hours per week Prerequisites CHEM 1100 & CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1101 & CHEM 1201, BIOLOGY 1101 & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202 Incompatible BIOCHEM 2500 & BIOCHEM 2504 Restrictions Available to B Sc (Biotechnology) students only Course Description BIOCHEM 2502 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 biochemistry and molecular biology concepts. Consequently the topics covered include DNA structure, synthesis and repair, RNA and protein synthesis, and the control of gene expression, recombinant DNA technology, cell structure and organisation and signal transduction pathways. The course combines lectures, and special tutorial sessions that reinforce the lecture content and biotechnology principles. Practicals are offered by the school of Molecular and Biomedical Science to 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 Rogers
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand aspects of DNA structure, synthesis and repair; RNA and protein synthesis; the control of gene expression; cell structure and organisation; signal transduction pathways 2 Understand hypothesis-based experimental design 3 Plan and safely performfundamental 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1. 2, 3, 4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 4
Biochemistry, a Short Course, 2nd EditionTymoczko J., Berg J., & Stryer L.
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 4th EditionElliott W.H. & Elliott D.C.
Laboratory coat and closed shoes on practical days
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
Formative and Summative MCQs
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 which are recorded for MyUni
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
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
DNA Structure, Replication and Repair
Transcription and Gene Expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
Review and revision of new conceptsHow to answer exam questions
The genetic code
Translation and control in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
Protein sorting and delivery
Concepts of Cell signalling
Specific Course RequirementsRecommended Textbook and appropriate laboratory attire
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Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Yes or No
Learning Outcome Written tests Formative & Suymmative
No 1-4 Online MCQs Diagnostic/Formative 5% No 1-4 Major written test Formative & Summative 10% No 1-4 Practical Formative & Summative 20% No 1-4 Final written exam Summative 50% No 1-4
Assessment Related Requirements
Online tests of multiple choice questions: 5% of total course grade
FIVE formative tests to help ensure understanding of lecture material and to encourage further reading of course material. Feedback and correct answers are provided immediately a question is answered. Students are notified as each test is released and given a week to organise their time to complete the test. There are ten questions in each test and students are given one hour to complete each test. Each test is attempted over a 6-7 day period in the student’s own time and can only be attempted once but that students have an opportunity to do a similar test to improve their grade. These tests are initially formative because students can redo each test if they wish to improve their marks so they now become summative.
Written Tests: 15% of total course grade
Three written tests (each worth 5%) also to ensure understanding of the content presented during the semester. They are usually in weeks 4, 7, and 12 during tutorial and/or lecture sessions (timetable permitting) and are 20 - 30 minutes in duration for each course component. Students receive feedback within a week. This verbal feedback is done either during tutorials or during a specified lecture (as timetable permits). The students are also given written feedback in the form 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, while some do not even turn up for the tests.
The first test 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.
Major Written Test: 10% of total course grade
This test is 50 - 60 minutes in duration and is held during a lecture session in the usual lecture theatre venue. Feedback is provided as above and within one week.
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 exam covering lecture and tutorial material is held during the examination period.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
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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