BIOCHEM 2502 - Biochem II (Biotech): Molecular and Cell Biology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

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 for information about enrolling in these practicals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOCHEM 2502
    Course Biochem II (Biotech): 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 N
    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
    Assessment Final exam, written tests, written practical assessments within the prac ABC system and online tests of multiple choice questions
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Lynn Rogers

    Mrs Racheline (Lynn) Rogers
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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 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)
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be advised

    For Practicals
    Laboratory coat and closed shoes on practical days
    Online Learning
    MyUni 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

    Tutorial questions

    Past examinations

    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 Modes
    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 Summary
    Weeks 1-2
    DNA Structure, Replication and Repair

    Weeks 3-4
    Transcription and Gene Expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

    Weeks 5-6
    Review and revision of new conceptsHow to answer exam questions

    Weeks 7-8
    The genetic code
    Translation and control in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

    Week 9

    Week 10
    Protein sorting and delivery

    Weeks 11-12
    Concepts of Cell signalling
    Specific Course Requirements
    Recommended Textbook and appropriate laboratory attire
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    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 10% No 1-4
    Practical Formative & Summative 20% No 1-4
    Final written Exam Summative 50% No 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements


    Assessment Detail

    Online tests of multiple choice questions: 10% of total course grade

    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 is an average of ten questions per test.  Each test can only be attempted once but once the initial test is done, students have the 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: 20% of total course grade

    Written tests also to ensure understanding of the content presented during the semester. They are usually held during tutorial or lecture sessions (timetable permitting). 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.

    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.

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted,then a penalty for late submission
    will apply.  A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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