BIOCHEMISTRY FOR AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL SCIENCES

AGR2BAA

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

What do herbicides, tequila, biofuel, cow stomachs and hibernating bears have in common? Biochemistry! The rapidly changing climate, population growth and the increase in microbial diseases have led to a technological revolution focused at dealing with these food security and environmental challenges. This subject will explore the biochemical underpinnings of animal and plant production and health and will cover selected topics from the broad field of agriculture and animal science. This includes the photobiological basis for photosynthesis, plant nitrogen fixation, bioactive molecules acting as competitive inhibitors of metabolism, animal energy metabolism and regulation, and metabolic adaptations in animals and plants. This subject will be delivered via a combination of on-line modules and face-to-face workshop sessions. The weekly 3-hour workshops are compulsory and involve in-class assessment



SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTravis Beddoe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites One of (CHE1CHF or CHE1GEN) and (BIO1OF or BIO1MGC)

Co-requisites AGR2AN, or admission into the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences/ Bachelor of International Development or Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences/Bachelor of Business.

Incompatible subjects BCH2BMA, BCH2IBM, BCH2BMB, BCH2MBC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe mechanisms for converting solar energy to chemical energy in plants.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through mini-case studies, group discussions and exercises.

02. Describe mechanisms of nitrogen fixation and amino acid biosynthesis in plants.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through mini-case studies, group discussions and exercises, as well as via the written metabolism assignments

03. Explain the metabolic pathways involved in energy production in animals and its regulation to achieve homeostasis.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through mini-case studies, group discussions and exercises, as well as via the written metabolism assignments.

04. Explain the biochemical principles underlying metabolic adaptations in animals and animal production traits.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through mini-case studies, group discussions and exercises, as well as via the written metabolism assignments

05. Critique recent biotechnological advances and their roles in food security and environmental challenges.

Activities:
Students go through on-line resources (readings, videos) and activities and complete quizzes before attending the workshop sessions. Concepts will be reinforced in workshops through mini-case studies, group discussions and exercises, as well as via the written metabolism assignments

06. Evaluate scientific information to communicate clearly and professionally written forms.

Activities:
Detailed guidelines and assessment criteria will be available to the students and information on how to access and evaluate scientific information will be discussed during the workshops

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTravis Beddoe

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"On-line activities equivalent to 3.5 hours per week"

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Compulsory Workshop"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Poster on metabolism (700-words equivalent)Poster presentation of 700 words.15 02, 03, 04, 06
On-line and in-class assignments (1,300-words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One x 2 hour case study test (2,000-words equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Two x 15 minute online multiple choice quizzes (500-words equivalent, total)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05