BIOCHEM 2504 - Biochem II (Mol Biol): Molecular and Cell Biology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

BIOCHEM 2504 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, special tutorial sessions that reinforce the lecture content and research aspects in molecular biology, and the practicals 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOCHEM 2504
    Course Biochem II (Mol Biol): 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 1101/1101ND or BIOLOGY 1401, & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202
    Incompatible BIOCHEM 2500 & BIOCHEM 2502
    Restrictions Available to B Sc (Molecular Biology) students only
    Course Description BIOCHEM 2504 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, special tutorial sessions that reinforce the lecture content and research aspects in molecular biology, and the practicals 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 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:
    Protein structure and function
    Enzymes         
    DNA structure, synthesis and repair           
    RNA and protein synthesis           
    The control of gene expression           
    Cell structure and organisation           
    2 Understanding 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
    2-4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbooks:
    "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" Despo Papachristodoulou, Alison Snape, William H. Elliott and Daphne C. Elliott
    5th Edition (OUP)

    For Practicals
    Laboratory coat and closed shoes on practical days
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Textbook

    Laboratory coat and safety glasses for practical work
    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

    MyUni MCQs with Feedback

    Lynn's Swot Activities to help with some of the more difficult concepts in the course
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures
    An average of three lectures per week which are recorded for MyUni

    Tutorials
    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 questions

    Practicals
    An average of 20 hours per semester
    Workload

    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
    Protein structure and function
    Enzymes

    Weeks 3-4

    DNA Structure, Replication and Repair

    Weeks 5-7
    Transcription and Gene Expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

    Weeks 8
    Review and revision of new concepts
    How to answer exam questions

    Weeks 9-10
    The genetic code
    Translation and control in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

    Week 11
    Review and Assessment

    Week 12
    Protein sorting and delivery
    Specific Course Requirements
    Recommended textbook and laboratory wear
  • 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 Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes
    Hurdle
    Yes or No
    Learning Outcome
    Written tests and assignments Summative

    20%

    No 1
    Online tests Summative 10% No 1
    Final Exam Summative 50% No 1
    Practical assessments Formative & Summative 20% No 1-4
    Assessment Detail

    Online tests of multiple choice questions:

    MCQ Tests with immediate feedback to encourage further reading of course material and to encourage thorough undestanding of the concepts.
    Students are notified as each test is released and given one week to organise their time to complete the test.

    Written Tests:

    Written tests are also to ensure understanding of the content presented during the semester. These are usually held during tutorial or lecture sessions (timetable permitting). Students receive feedback within a week.  Verbal feedback is done either during the tutorials or during a specified lecture (as the timetable permits) and written feedback in the form of examples of excellent (anonymous) answers written by peer students in the class 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 June/July examination period.

    Submission
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    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.

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