BIOCHEM 2503 - Biochemistry II (Biotechnology): Metabolism
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code BIOCHEM 2503 Course Biochemistry II (Biotechnology): 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 N Prerequisites CHEM 1100 & CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1101 & CHEM 1201, BIOLOGY 1101/1101ND or BIOLOGY 1401, & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202, or BIOLOGY 1001 Incompatible BIOCHEM 2501 Restrictions Available to B Sc (Biotechnology) students only Course Description BIOCHEM 2503 uses the knowledge and understanding gained in the prerequisite Level I 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 Study With Us_Student Support_Enrolment Help information at https://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/study/student-support/enrolment-help for further information.
Course Coordinator: Dr John BruningMrs 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 tto 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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
Lecture notes are placed on MyUni along with tutorial Assignments, feedback to assessments and past examination papers
MCQs with feedback are on MyUni
Lynn's Concept slides 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 tutorials
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 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 Integration continued
How to answer exam questions
Week 11 Lectorials
How to answer exam questions
Week 12 Lectorials
How to answer exam questions
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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
Learning Outcome Written tests and tutorial assignments Formative/Summative
No 1 Online Tests with feedback 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 encourage further reading of course material and to ensure understanding of concepts as the course progresses.
Students are given one week to organise themselves to complete the one hour tests.
Written Tests: 20% of total course grade
Written tests 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.
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
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
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.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
- Academic Support with Maths
- Academic Support with writing and speaking skills
- Student Life Counselling Support - Personal counselling for issues affecting study
- International Student Support
- AUU Student Care - Advocacy, confidential counselling, welfare support and advice
- Students with a Disability - Alternative academic arrangements
- Reasonable Adjustments to Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
- LinkedIn Learning
Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.
The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.