VET SC 2530RW - Animal and Plant Biochemistry (Vet-Bio) II

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course provides an advanced introduction to the fundamental processes of animal and plant metabolism. Topics will include protein structure and function, mechanisms and control of enzyme action, the biochemistry of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, energy generation and ruminant specific biochemistry. Examples of the application and context of key biochemical concepts to areas of animal science and veterinary medicine will be used to highlight the importance of biochemistry to all sectors of these sciences.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 2530RW
    Course Animal and Plant Biochemistry (Vet-Bio) II
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites CHEM 1510 or CHEM 1511, and BIOLOGY 1510
    Incompatible AGRIC 2500RW/WT, ANIML SC 2530RW, AGRIC 2501RW
    Course Description This course provides an advanced introduction to the fundamental processes of animal and plant metabolism. Topics will include protein structure and function, mechanisms and control of enzyme action, the biochemistry of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, energy generation and ruminant specific biochemistry. Examples of the application and context of key biochemical concepts to areas of animal science and veterinary medicine will be used to highlight the importance of biochemistry to all sectors of these sciences.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Hayley McGrice

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Explain how protein structure and function is derived from the constituent amino acids, and compare the features of structural and globular proteins
    2 Describe the basic principles governing the rate of enzyme catalysed reactions and the forms of inhibition of enzyme-catalysed reactions
    3 Describe the major pathways of carbohydrate, lipid and amino metabolism and demonstrate how energy is stored and released through them
    4 Demonstrate familiarity and competence with the practical skills and techniques used in biochemical research and analysis. This will include experimental planning, the preparation of reagents and use of basic instrumentation (spectrophotometers, centrifuges, chromatographic apparatus etc), the collection of biochemical data and its presentation, and most importantly, the analysis and interpretation of the outcomes of biochemical investigations
    5 Demonstrate the ability to undertake the research, preparation and delivery of presentations of biochemical topics selected to reinforce and augment the material presented in lectures
    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, 2, 3, 4
    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
    4, 5
    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
    4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5
    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
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    2-3 Lectures per week, delivered on same day – taught in one block of 2-3hrs duration.

    Each student will participate in 1 Tutorial of 2 hours per fortnight conducted in learning teams, incorporating short answer and case-based learning activities.

    Each student will participate in 1 Practical of 2 hours per fortntight. Practicals are supported by interactive online learning modules developed in articulate storyline and recorded videos.

    Students will receive lecture notes and tutorial papers online and will be provided with printed copies of the Practical Manual and a laboratory notebook.

    The lecture content is reinforced and supported by the tutorial and practical content.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    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, revision and online learning activities)
    Learning Activities Summary
    Standard lectures - themes:

    Protein structure and function
    Enzymes and Enzyme Kinetics
    Lipid biochemistry and metabolism
    Carbohydrate biochemistry
    Carbohydrate metabolism and biological energy transformation
    Amino acids


    Analysis of nitrite
    Enzyme Kinetics
    The effects of pH on enzyme activity
    Plant carbohydrates extractions
    Glycogen Hydrolysis


    Biochemical calculations;
    Protein structure and function
    Enzyme activity and kinetics
    Carbohydrates and connective tissue
    ATP and metabolism Glycolysis
    TCA and Oxidative Phosphorylation
    Specific Course Requirements
    PRACTICAL SESSION CODE OF CONDUCT All students must follow these rules in practical exercises:

    • No eating, drinking, application of makeup, etc in laboratories; no water bottles or items of food or drink may be visible in laboratories; mobile phone calls to be taken and made outside the laboratory only.
    • Closed shoes must be worn at all times in all practical exercises, wherever they are held.
    • Lab coats and other personal protective equipment must be worn at all times in laboratories or other areas whenever students are instructed to wear them; these should be removed when leaving the laboratory.
    • Bags, coats, etc. that are brought into a lab must be placed under the bench to avoid causing obstructions.
    • All containers used during a practical session must be labelled, including water and other common non-toxic substances.
    • Report all accidents, personal or involving experimental materials, to the person in charge.
    • Playing around in a laboratory and many other work areas is dangerous; participants in improper behaviour will be asked to leave.
    • Students must dispose of materials as directed.
    • Students must wash their hands upon departing the labs and other work areas.
    • Students must clean and tidy their bench and/or work area before departure; benches and/or work areas will be inspected at the end of each practical session.
    • Students not complying with the rules will not receive credit for the practical session in which the breach occurred.
  • 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
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching.
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle? Yes or No Learning Outcome Due
    Final Assessment Summative


    Yes 1, 2, 3 End of semester
    Practical Report Summative 10% No 4, 5 Week 11 or 12
    Practical Book Summative & Formative 10% No 1, 2, 4 Week 7
    Group Assignment Summative & Formative 10% No 1, 3, 5 Week 8
    Individual Revision Quizzes Summative & Formative 10% No 1, 2, 3 Throughout the semester
    Online Quizzes Summative & Formative 5% No 1, 2, 3 Throughout the semester
    Biochemical calculations quiz Summative & Formative 5% No 4 Week 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No Details of additional assessment, if available
    Final Assessment 40% Yes Additional Assessment
    Assessment Detail
    Formative and summative assessment for the course will be covered by the following items:

    Practical class reports, laboratory book presentation and online test (25%):
    a. There will be five practical classes conducted per student over the course of the semester. Each of these will incorporate assessment of work, submitted as laboratory notebook or a formal report write-up (carbohydrate analysis
    practical classes).
    All submitted work will be returned with feedback..

    b. You will be supplied with a laboratory notebook and detailed instructions on its use. The notebooks will be checked at intervals during the course and assessed during the mid semester break. The marks awarded for the laboratory notebook will be added to those for the practical assessments.

    c. An online test will be held during the first lecture period in week 4. The test will comprise questions covering the biochemical calculations and basic practical skills encountered in weeks 1-2.

    Online quizzes (5%)
    During the semester, 4 online quizzes will be set from within MyUni/Assessments. Each quiz will contain between approx 10 questions, which will comprise a number of formats including but not limited to multiple choice, missing words, ordering and calculations.

    The quizzes are intended to provide each student with a brief assessment of their knowledge of topics covered in recent and past lectures and tutorials. Each quiz may be attempted only once; you will receive full answers upon completion of the quiz.

    Individual revision quizzes (10%):
    The Individual revision quizzes will be based on lecture content. Students will have 15-20 minutes to answer 10-15 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). There will be 5 quizzes each worth 2%.

    Summative (examination-based) Assessment - details:

    Final Assessment (50%):
    The final assessment is comprised of two assessment pieces.

    The first is a Written Assessment and will consist of 5 long answer questions which students will have 24hrs to complete and submit via turnitin on MyUni. These questions will require students to apply their knowledge and integrate biochemical pathways. The answers will include written descriptions, identifying specific key reactions in pathways and annotated biochemical pathways. This will account for 20% of the final course grade.

    The second will be a timed Online Examination. This examination will consist of MCQs and short answer questions. This will account for 30% of the final course grade.

    The grades from the Written Assessment and Online Examination make up the Final Assessment grade. Students are reminded of
    the hurdle requirement for the total Final Assessment grade. The hurdle requirement is not applied individually to the Written Assessment and Online Examination grades.
    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. Assignments submitted more than 7 days late without prior approval, will not be marked.
    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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    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 ( 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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