BCHM210 Introductory Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I

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Updated: 15 April 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
27 November 2020 29 November 2020 Mandatory Trimester 3: The intensive school is mandatory for online students only in Trimester 3. Students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School which is held in Armidale.
None Trimester 1: No intensive school will be held in Trimester 1. Mandatory practical simulations must be completed to pass the unit.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites CHEM204; or (CHEM110 and CHEM120 and BIOL110); or (CHEM110 and CHEM120 and PSIO110 and PSIO120); or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions BCHM410
Notes

The School of Science and Technology considers all practical / laboratory activities as essential to student learning.

Attendance and participation in all practical / laboratory classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units BCHM410 - Introductory Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I
Coordinator(s) Sinead Corvan (scorvan2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The information molecules of cells, DNA and RNA, are introduced. The fundamental concept that genetic information codes for protein molecules is examined. DNA replication, transcription and translation into proteins are covered. The structure of proteins and their importance to biological function are introduced, with special attention to the proteins that act as biological catalysts. The central role of respiration to obtain chemical energy to maintain cells is examined with special reference to the oxidation of sugars and carbohydrates. Lipid structure and function completes the dealing with the major macromolecules of the cell: nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Lehninger: Principles of Biochemistry

ISBN: 9781319108243
Nelson, D.L. and Cox, M.M., Worth 7th ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Referenced Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Reference material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

A Short Guide to Writing About Biology, Global Edition

ISBN: 9781292120836
Peckenik, J.A., Pearson/Longman Global 9th ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology

ISBN: 9781319121815
Knisely, K., W. H. Freeman 5th ed. 2017

Note: The 4th ed. (ISBN: 9781464150760) is also acceptable. Available from the Dixson Library, UNE.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 10% 250
Assessment Notes

Online Assignment. Multiple choice and short answer questions. This assessment will count towards the final assessment of this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 2 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Mid-Trimester Quiz. It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Compulsory Assessment 3 20% 2000
Assessment Notes

Practical Reports. Two practical reports (2 of 10% each). It is mandatory to complete the practical simulations and complete the associated reports. This component is mandatory and will count towards the final assessment of this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Compulsory Assessment 4 10% 250
Assessment Notes

Practical Quiz. It is mandatory to attend the practical sessions and complete the quiz. This component is mandatory and will count towards the final assessment of this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 5
Assessment Notes

Practical Simulations. It is mandatory to complete the practical simulations - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. explain the general features of biological molecules and their role in biological processes;
  2. articulate the mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription and translation and relate general principles of molecular biology to genetic engineering;
  3. analyse the relationship of structure and function in the cell's macromolecules: nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids;
  4. explore the role of enzymes as catalysts in biological systems and outline the control of enzyme activity;
  5. identify the key concepts in metabolic biochemistry using glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation as examples; and
  6. demonstrate skills in experimental design, execution, result interpretation and reporting.