BIOCHEM 2502 - Biochem II (Biotech): Molecular and Cell Biology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
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 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 RogersMrs 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, enzymes, DNA structure, synthesis and repair; RNA and protein synthesis; the control of gene expression; cell structure and organisation 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) 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
1-4 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
3-4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-4 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
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
"Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" Despo Papachristodoulou, Alison Snape, William H. Elliott and Daphne C. Elliott
5th Edition (OUP)
Laboratory coat and closed shoes on practical days
Recommended ResourcesSee above for recommended Textbook
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
Summative MCQs with Feedback
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
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
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis is covered during MBS Practical Series, MBS Prac B
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Yes or No
Learning Outcome Written tests and assignments Summative
No 1 Online MCQs Summative 10% No 1 Practical Summative 20% No 1-4 Final written Exam Summative 50% No 1
Assessment Related Requirements
Online tests of multiple choice questions
MCQ Tests with immediate feedback to encourage further reading of course material so as to ensure understanding of lecture material.
Students are notified as each test is released and given a week to organise their time to complete the test.
Written Tests and assignments
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. Verbal feedback is done either during tutorials or during a specified lecture (as timetable permits). In addition written feedback in the form of excellent (anonymous) answers written by peer students in the class is put up on MyUni and remains 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.
SubmissionIf 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.
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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