BIOMO201-19A (HAM)


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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
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Paper Description

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The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids and lipids (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and disease.

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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 first week of semester and are an essential part of the course.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Define the key features of the structure and function of proteins and enzymes, carbohydrates and lipids, and explain how the structures of each of these relate to their functioning.
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  • Describe basic amino acid biosynthesis and catabolism and define the key features of protein translation.
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  • Explain how lipids are digested & absorbed in mammalian cells & to define the key steps, regulatory enzymes & the linkages between energy yielding metabolic pathways (glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, pentose phosphate, the Krebs citric acid cycle & oxidative
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  • Mathematically manipulate experimental data relating to basic enzyme kinetics (such as plotting graphs of the progress of reactions and calculating the rate of reaction from the slope of a graph).
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  • Perform a range of practical laboratory techniques related to biochemistry and present the results in written and graphical forms.
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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.

Overall assessment comprises of: 50% on the final examination, 20% on performance in the practical course and 15% on each of two tests.

The practical course assessment comprise: on-line pre-lab quizzes that must be completed prior to lab attendance (these are auto-marked and make up 20% of the practical course); The six lab write ups are worth 60% of the practical course in total (10% for each lab write-up). These are marked the following week during the lab session. The remaining 20% is made up from lab attendance.

Any queries relating to assessment should be directed to Dr Ryan Martinus.

NOTE: A Metabolic Pathways chart may be taken into the tests and the final examination. This must be UNMARKED other than with the student's name.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Laboratory assessments (6)
  • Hand-in: In Lab
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 1
22 Mar 2019
9:00 AM
3. Test 2
3 May 2019
9:00 AM
4. Exam
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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The required textbook is Garrett and Grisham Biochemistry 5 th edition. Second hand copies of the previous editions of this or of Stryer "Biochemistry" (4th Edition) may be available and are suitable.

A copy of the laboratory manual can be purchased from the Campus Copy Shop. Lecture powerpoints will be on the course Moodle site.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page ( where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and 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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Lectures: 22 hours contact, Tutorials: 3 hours contact, Laboratory classes 18 hours contact, Assessment: (Tests 2 hours contact, Examination 3 hours contact).
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite for BIOMO203

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Prerequisite papers: BIOMO101 or BIOL101




Restricted papers: BIOL251

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