BMSC11005 - Foundations of Biochemistry
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of biomolecules and cell function, including the structure and biological role of amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. They will develop a basic understanding of how these biomolecules are synthesised, catabolised and interconverted through key biochemical pathways to meet the needs of the cell and organism, and will provide the necessary knowledge to begin to study disease and drug treatment at the cellular level. Students will also develop a theoretical understanding of methods used in biochemical analysis and develop literature searching skills in the recognition and use of primary sources of scientific information.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

CHEM11007 Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences and CHEM11008 Essential Principals of Chemical Sciences;

or CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences or CHEM11042 Fundamentals of Chemistry

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Like the smaller lecture videos focusing on one topic, rather than a larger video focusing on multiple topics. Student evaluation and feedback Maintain the use of multiple shorter lectures focusing on a single topic.
Feedback from forum posts and assessment submissions took longer than outlined in the course profile. Student evaluation and feedback. Course review. Ways of improving feedback times will be considered.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function and biological roles of the major types of macromolecules and their building blocks.
  2. Explain the various methods used to separate and characterise macromolecules.
  3. Describe the relationship between structure and function of the components of biological membranes, especially in terms of selective permeability.
  4. Outline the basic processes involved in metabolism of carbohydares, fats and proteins and their catabolism to synthesise ATP through cellular respiration.
  5. Utilise common search engines and scientific databases to find and recognise primary scientific information.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Online Quiz(zes)  
3 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking          
4. Information Literacy        
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Online Quiz(zes)            
3 - Examination            

Prescribed Textbooks

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
Author/s: Smith, JG Year: 2012
Edition: 2nd or 3rd edn revised Publisher: McGraw Hill
City: New York State: NY
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPaul Neilsen (p.neilsen@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Cell structure and pH regulation

Week 2 17-07-2017

Amino acids and proteins

Chapter 21

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)

Week 3 24-07-2017

Enzymes and enzyme kinetics

Chapter 21

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)

Week 4 31-07-2017

Nucleic acids and protein synthesis

Chapter 22

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)

Week 5 07-08-2017

Carbohydrates

Chapter 20

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Lipids

Chapter 19

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)

Online Quiz 1 opens at 5:00pm (AEST) Friday 25th August 2017. This will assess topics covered during Weeks 1 to 6

Protein Poster Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Metabolism pt I

Chapter 23

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)


Week 8 04-09-2017

Metabolism pt II

Chapter 24

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)

Week 9 11-09-2017

Transport across the cell membrane

Chapter 19

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)

Week 10 18-09-2017

Chemical messengers - amines and neurotransmitters

Chapter 18

General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (J.G. Smith, 3rd Edition)

Online Quiz 2 opens at 5:00pm (AEST) Friday 22nd September 2017. This will assess topics covered during Weeks 7 to 10

Week 11 25-09-2017

Unit content revision lectures


Week 12 02-10-2017

Exam revision

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Protein Poster
Task Description

This assignment is designed to strengthen your understanding of amino acids, protein structure and function (Learning Outcome 1) through engagement with relevant literature on the topic (Learning Outcome 5). The assessment requires you to produce a poster that provides information on the structure, function and biological role(s) of a particular protein. You will be provided with a list of potential proteins to select from on the unit's Moodle site. Alternatively, you may select a different protein related to your interest. This assessment requires you to undertake a literature search on your chosen protein, and it is expected that you reference at least 5 primary scientific journal articles.

In order to achieve this you will need to:

  • Identify a suitable protein that is of interest to you (either from the list provided on the Moodle site, or based on your interest and review of the literature)
  • Research the literature related to the structure and function of this protein (scientific journal articles should form the basis for this literature search)
  • Prepare a poster written in your own words that summarises the structure, function and biological role(s) of the protein, with appropriate citation to your sources of literature.

Support for this assignment will be available on the Moodle site (Assessment 1 tutorial sessions and additional learning resources)

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The poster will be evaluated on-line and individual marks/feedback will be provided through the Moodle website using the following assessment criteria;

  • 50 marks available for the scientific content that demonstrates a clear understanding of how the amino acids composition is related to the protein's structure and function.
  • You must include information on the following:
    • Structure - primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary (if the protein has a quaternary structure)
    • Function of the protein and how it achieves this (what specifics about the structure allow the protein to carry out its function?)
    • Other relevant information - in particular possible disease/s associated with the protein and how modifications to the structure and function may be altered in the disease. This may be expanded upon to be made relevant in the context of your specific course and career pathway.
  • 20 marks available for research - you should have used at least 5 primary references (ideally journal articles)
  • 10 marks available for organisation - The content of the poster should be organised into defined sections. All posters should have a clear title with the author's name and affiliation (University and unit code) underneath. Headings should clearly identify the information contained within the section. The choice of headings is up to the author.
  • 10 marks available for the appropriate use and presentation of references.
  • 10 marks available for presentation style / visual effectiveness of the poster, spelling, grammar, sentence structure and punctuation.

The total maximum grade for the protein poster is 100 marks. A copy of the marking rubric will be provided on the Moodle site. You are encouraged to closely consult this rubric whilst preparing your poster.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - This assessment has a minimum passing grade of 45% (which equates to a minimum mark of 45 out of 100)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function and biological roles of the major types of macromolecules and their building blocks.

5. Utilise common search engines and scientific databases to find and recognise primary scientific information.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

Students are required to complete two online quizzes. Each quiz will be comprised of 20 questions and has a time limit of 30 minutes to complete.

You will be allowed one attempt at the each quiz. Your score from the quizzes will contribute 40% to your final grade (2 quizzes X 20% each = 40%).

Quiz 1 will open on Friday 25th August 2017 (Friday of Week 6) and will be open until Friday 6th October (Friday of Week 12). This quiz will assess the topics covered during Weeks 1 to 6.

Quiz 2 will open on Friday 22nd September 2017 (Friday of Week 10) and will be open until Friday 6th October (Friday of Week 12). This quiz will assess the topics covered during Weeks 7 to 10.

Number of Quizzes 2
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Please see the timeline outlined above for specific information about due dates.
Return Date to Students Students will receive their score on completion of the quiz.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Each online quiz is worth a total of 20 marks. Each quiz will have 20 questions with one mark per correct answer to each question.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - This assessment has a minimum passing grade of 45% (for both online quizzes combined), which equates to a minimum mark of 18 out of 40.
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function and biological roles of the major types of macromolecules and their building blocks.

2. Explain the various methods used to separate and characterise macromolecules.

3. Describe the relationship between structure and function of the components of biological membranes, especially in terms of selective permeability.

4. Outline the basic processes involved in metabolism of carbohydares, fats and proteins and their catabolism to synthesise ATP through cellular respiration.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 45
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function and biological roles of the major types of macromolecules and their building blocks.

2. Explain the various methods used to separate and characterise macromolecules.

3. Describe the relationship between structure and function of the components of biological membranes, especially in terms of selective permeability.

4. Outline the basic processes involved in metabolism of carbohydares, fats and proteins and their catabolism to synthesise ATP through cellular respiration.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving


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