BIOMO101-20B (HAM)

Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Biomedical, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Paper Description

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An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory classes. Details of lecture and lab content are provided in the attached paper timetable. Please note that laboratory classes start in the second week of semester and are an essential part of the course.

Important note for international students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe and illustrate the basic building blocks of biological macromolecules (e.g. amino acids)
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  • Apply knowledge of the amino acids to explain properties of enzymes and biochemical pathways
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  • Compare enzyme substrates, transition states, inhibitors and common drugs
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  • Illustrate the organisation and regulation of genetic material
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  • Compare typical and atypical cellular processes to explain features of health and disease
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  • Review and discuss cultural, ethical and social implications of genetic and biomedical information
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes in the dates will be made in consultation with the class, at least one week prior to the original date.


Your overall paper grade will follow the standardised University grading scheme: A+ 90-100%, A 85-89%, A- 80-84%, B+ 75-79%, B 70-74%, B- 65-69%, C+ 60-64%, C 55-59%, C- 50-54%; D 40-49%, E 0-39%. A pass grade (C-) for this paper implies that a student has a minimal acceptable level of competency in the learning outcomes listed above.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
21 Aug 2020
11:00 AM
12.5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Test 2
5 Oct 2020
9:00 AM
12.5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Laboratory experiments (9, equally weighted)
25
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Poster - Final submission
9 Oct 2020
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Exam
40
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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For all first year biology papers (BIOEB101, BIOEB102 and BIOMO101) the required textbook is Campbell Biology (11th edition), by J.B. Reece et al. (2018), pub. Pearson. NB if available, the 10th edition (eds. J.B.Reece et al., 2015) and the 9th edition (eds. J.B.Reece et al., 2011) are also suitable.


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Recommended Readings

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Those intending to major in molecular and cellular biology will find Biochemistry (6th edition) by R. H. Garrett and C. M. Grisham (2016, pub. Cengage Learning) useful to buy and the main text book required at second and third year biochemistry.

Those intending to study either of the biology majors (or any other science subject) will also find Writing for Science: a practical handbook for science, engineering and technology students (3rd edition) by H. Silyn-Roberts (2012, pub. Pearson) very useful. (Or, if you have a copy, A student handbook for writing in biology (2nd edition), by K. Knisely (2005, pub. Sinauer/Freeman) will be helpful.)

Students with little prior experience of biology should also use Getting Ready for Biology (L. Garrett, 2007, Pearson).

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions. Your poster assignment must be submitted electronically through Moodle, and an identical paper copy at FIC.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices. It is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.


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Workload

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This paper has seven contact hours per week plus three hours per week for assessment and independent study.


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Linkages to Other Papers

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BIOMO101 is a required paper for the BIOMO major and is a prerequisite for BIOMO201, BIOMO202 and BIOMO204.


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Prerequisite(s)

This paper requires students to attend some in-person laboratory or fieldwork. It can not be taken solely online. Do you still want to choose this paper?

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL101 and BIOL102

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