INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

BCH2IBM

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Biochemistry is a field of science that describes the molecules and interactions that underlie biological systems and life itself. This field is central to most studies in biology and life sciences and is leveraged in biomedical research and the biotechnology industry. In BCH2IBM, students are introduced to the chemical and cellular basis for life, the blueprint for which is encoded in DNA. The subject will cover processes govern DNA replication, transcription and translation, prior to examining the structure and function of proteins. A broader overview of cellular structure and operation will also be examined through discussion of lipids, membranes and signalling mechanisms. Laboratory techniques commonly utilised in biochemistry and molecular biology; including PCR, manipulation of recombinant DNA, separation and identification of proteins, will be introduced through practical activities. This subject lays the foundation for the study of metabolism in Metabolic Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BCH2MBC).

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJames Tsatsaronis

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites One of (BIO1OF, BIO1MGC, HBS1HBA or BIO1CO) and one of (CHE1CHF, CHE1GEN or CHE1C1A) and one of (CHE1APL, CHE1C1B or DTN1CFC) OR Must be admitted in to LWLBM (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Biomedicine)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsAGR2BAA OR BCM201

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDavid L Nelson & Michael M Cox

Year2017

Edition/Volume7th ed

PublisherW.H. FREEMAN & COMPANY, NEW YORK

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BCH2IBM Subject Manual

Resource TypeBook

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AuthorDepartment of Biochemistry and Genetics

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe the structure and function of biological macromolecules and biochemical processes underlying cellular life.
02. Apply biochemical and molecular biology techniques, principles and methodologies in a laboratory setting.
03. Summarise scientific literature relating to a biochemistry topic.
04. Employ laboratory practice to acceptable standards in terms of safety, professional conduct and keeping accurate records of experimental data.
05. Compute basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphic representations to aid the interpretation of biochemical data consistent with scientific standards.
06. Interpret experimental data to solve laboratory and authentic biochemistry problems.

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Albury-Wodonga, 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSebastien Desbois

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Final exam (1 hr) (1,000 - words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO6

Three in-class workshop activities (200 - words equivalent each, 600 - words equivalent total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Mid-semester test (1 hr) (1000 - words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Practical worksheets (25%) (900-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Research assignment (1000 - words written exercise)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Swift

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Final exam (1 hr) (1,000 - words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO6

Three in-class workshop activities (200 - words equivalent each, 600 - words equivalent total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Mid-semester test (1 hr) (1000 - words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Practical worksheets (25%) (900-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Research assignment (1000 - words written exercise)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size350

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJames Tsatsaronis

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Final exam (1 hr) (1,000 - words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO6

Three in-class workshop activities (200 - words equivalent each, 600 - words equivalent total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Mid-semester test (1 hr) (1000 - words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Practical worksheets (25%) (900-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Research assignment (1000 - words written exercise)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Singapore (PSB), 2021, Term 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoni Frankenberg

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 4 - 15
Six 3.00 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 4 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 4 - 15
Twenty four 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 4 to week 15 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 4 - 15
Six 2.00 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 4 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Final exam (1 hr) (1,000 - words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO6

Three in-class workshop activities (200 - words equivalent each, 600 - words equivalent total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Mid-semester test (1 hr) (1000 - words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Practical worksheets (25%) (900-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Research assignment (1000 - words written exercise)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Singapore (PSB), 2021, Term 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoni Frankenberg

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 21 - 31
Six 3.00 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 21 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 21 - 31
Twenty four 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 21 to week 31 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 21 - 31
Six 2.00 hours workshop every four weeks on weekdays during the day from week 21 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Final exam (1 hr) (1,000 - words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO6

Three in-class workshop activities (200 - words equivalent each, 600 - words equivalent total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Mid-semester test (1 hr) (1000 - words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Practical worksheets (25%) (900-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Research assignment (1000 - words written exercise)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Singapore (PSB), 2021, Term 3, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoni Frankenberg

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 37 - 47
Six 3.00 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 37 - 47
Twenty four 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 37 - 47
Six 2.00 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Final exam (1 hr) (1,000 - words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO6

Three in-class workshop activities (200 - words equivalent each, 600 - words equivalent total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Mid-semester test (1 hr) (1000 - words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Practical worksheets (25%) (900-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Research assignment (1000 - words written exercise)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Singapore (PSB), 2021, Term 3, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoni Frankenberg

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 37 - 47
Six 3.00 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays at night from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 37 - 47
Twenty four 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend at night from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 37 - 47
Six 2.00 hours workshop per study period on weekdays at night from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Final exam (1 hr) (1,000 - words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO6

Three in-class workshop activities (200 - words equivalent each, 600 - words equivalent total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Mid-semester test (1 hr) (1000 - words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO6

Practical worksheets (25%) (900-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Research assignment (1000 - words written exercise)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3