ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY

BCH3ATB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Biochemistry and molecular biology is concerned with the function of biological systems at the molecular level. Biochemistry is central to most studies in biology and life sciences and is directly related to medical and agricultural research and biotechnology. In this unit students will extend previous knowledge gained from their biochemistry subjects related to gene expression, protein chemistry, bioinformatics, gene structure and function and relate them to a cellular biology context. In this semester, students study the molecular events of cellular biogenesis, cell signalling, molecular aspects of cancer and immunology and experimental design and critical thinking.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BCH2IBM and BCH2MBC

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BCH3BMB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions To be considered for honours in Biochemistry, in addition to this subject, students must also complete either MED3PRJ or MED3LAB

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMolecular Biology of the CellRecommendedLodish et al. H. 20127TH EDN, W.H. FREEMAN AND COMPANY, NEW YORK.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain and define concepts in biochemistry and molecular biology using appropriate vocabulary, related to organelle biosynthesis, cell signalling, cell biology, cancer and apoptosis

Activities:
Students attend lectures outlining facts and key concepts related to the subject. Students are then able to further complement the lectures by reading additional material either suggested or provided by the lecturers including original research articles, reviews and text book summaries.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Apply concepts in biochemistry and molecular biology to solve theoretical problems and interpret experimental data.

Activities:
At the end of each block of lectures, students attend a lectorial (large group tutorial) where they are able to test their knowledge of the lectures by answering typical exam style questions and solve problems using concepts learnt in lectures. Assessed in theory exams.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Navigate and report on current scientific literature.

Activities:
Students will generate a "News and Views" style review on a recent high impact publication related to one of the lecture topics with an emphasis on how this publication will influence the field.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Apply principles of sound experimental design to critically evaluate protocols and data in biochemistry and cell biology

Activities:
Students will receive lectures on Experimental Design and Critical Thinking, taught through the prism of cell biology. They will have the opportunity to practice applying their knowledge by examining case studies and will be assessed in a separate "open-book" test.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Four 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Type: Or On-Line"

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Or Type: Directed Learning Activity Or Delivery Method: On-Line"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
End of Semester Theory Exam (3 hr)Final Exam60 01, 02
Experimental Design Quiz (500 word equivalent)Assessment takes place during a lecture session - open book.10 01, 02, 04
"News and Views" Literature Review - Written Assignment (800 word equivalent)Submission through turnitin.30 01, 02, 03

Singapore, 2018, Term L3, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 19 - 23
Forty eight 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Equivalent of 48 hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

Tutorial Week: 19 - 23
Six 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
"6-hours of Tutorial or Directed Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered via face-to-face or online"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
End of Semester Theory Exam (3 hr)Final Exam60 01, 02
Experimental Design Quiz (500 word equivalent)Assessment takes place during a lecture session - open book.10 01, 02, 04
"News and Views" Literature Review - Written Assignment (800 word equivalent)Submission through turnitin.30 01, 02, 03

Singapore, 2018, Term L3, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 19 - 23
Forty eight 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Equivalent of 48 hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

Tutorial Week: 19 - 23
Six 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays at night from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
"6-hours of Tutorial or Directed Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered via face-to-face or online"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
End of Semester Theory Exam (3 hr)Final Exam60 01, 02
Experimental Design Quiz (500 word equivalent)Assessment takes place during a lecture session - open book.10 01, 02, 04
"News and Views" Literature Review - Written Assignment (800 word equivalent)Submission through turnitin.30 01, 02, 03