BIOCHEM 2503 - Biochemistry II (Biotechnology): Metabolism
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code BIOCHEM 2503 Course Biochemistry II (Biotechnology): Metabolism Coordinating Unit School of Molecular and Biomedical Science Term Semester 2 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 2501 & BIOCHEM 2505 Restrictions Available to B Sc (Biotechnology) students only Course Description BIOCHEM 2503 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 specialised proteins, enzyme specificity and regulation, tissue specific metabolism and its control, how the body adjusts to variations in the demand for energy, mechanisms of hormone action and extensions of the signal transduction pathways covered in the semester 1 level 2 biochemistry course, BIOCHEM 2502. The course combines lectures, special tutorial sessions that reinforce the biotechnology applications, and practicals offered by the school of Molecular and Biomedical Science 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
The structure hence function of specialised proteins and enzymes
The relationship between the structure and function of specific biological molecules
How enzymes are regulated
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
Be able 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 2, 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3
Required ResourcesRecommended Textbooks
Biochemistry, A Short Course, 2nd Edition
Tymoczko J., Berg J., & Stryer L.
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 4th Edition
Elliott W. H., & Elliott D. C.
Suitable Laboratory attire
Online LearningAll lectures are recorded
Lecture notes are placed on MyUni along with tutorial Assignments and past examination papers
Formative and Summative MCQs are also on MyUni
Lynn's SWOT Activities to help with the more difficult course concepts are also found on MyUni
Daily monitored Discussion Board
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Three 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
Small group tututorials
Daily monitored Discussion Board
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
Week 1 Protein Structure and Function Week 2 Enzymes 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 Integration continued
Week 11 Lectorials
How to answer exam questions
Week 12 Lectorials
How to answer exam questions
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Assessment Task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Learning Outcome Continuous written tests Formative/Summative
No 1-3 Online Tests Diagnostic/Formative 10% No 1-3 Major Written test Formative/Summative 10% No 1-3 Practical assessments Formative/Summative 20% No 1-3 Final written exam Summative 50% No 1-3
Assessment Related Requirements
Online tests of multiple choice questions(MCQs): 10% of total course grade
10 Formative tests given weekly to ensure understanding of lecture material and to encourage further reading of course material. Feedback and correct answers are provided immediately a question is answered. There are 10 questions in each test and students are given one week to complete the one hour tests. The students can retake these tests if they wish to improve their marks.
Written Tests: 10% of total course grade
Two written tests 25 - 30 minute duration, in weeks 5 and 8. These are given during tutorial and or lecture sessions as timetable permits to ensure understanding of the material presented during the semester and to impart 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.
Major Written Test: 10% of total course grade
The first two tests above provide the students with a benchmark for communicating scientific information effectively in writing. This major summative test is given in week 10 as a mock exam to ensure summative knowledge, understanding, analysis and synthesis of course material. It is held in a lecture theatre and is ~50 minutes in duration.
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.
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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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