BIOMO501-20B (HAM)

Biomolecular Structure and Cellular Pathways

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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This paper provides an in-depth examination of molecular biochemistry and metabolism using selected examples from the biochemistry literature. Students will become familiar with cutting-edge research in Biochemistry.

Students will also work on a biochemistry related research proposal over the semester and will learn how to plan a research project in Biochemistry.

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Paper Structure

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The paper will consist of:

Seminar Sessions 50%: 8 x 2-hour sessions on selected topics worth 50% of the course mark. Assessment is based on presentations in class, participation and submitted written reports. There will be 4 sessions on stem cell therapies for treatment of Diabetes Mellitus (25%) and 4 sessions on extracellular roles of heat shock proteins (25%).

Research Proposal 50%: At the beginning of the semester, students will pick a topic of interest to research over the semester for a biochemistry-related research proposal. Students will meet with Ryan to discuss their choice of topic and at least a further two times over semester to discuss progress on their project and obtain guidance if needed.

The written report for the research proposal (worth 50%) is due in study week and will consist of: Introduction and Literature Review, Aims/Objectives of the study, Significance/Innovation, Approach/Methods and the Importance/Benefits of the study. A marking rubric will be available for guidance.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate published papers from the biochemistry literature.
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  • Presentation of published biochemistry research to an audience
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  • Relate structural and metabolic biochemical details to biological functions inside the cell/organism.
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  • Research and write a research proposal on biochemistry related topic
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Course work: final exam ratio is 100:0

Course work consists of completing a research proposal on a particular topic (50% of final course mark).

The remaining 50% of the final course mark will be based on seminar presentations during Ryan's topics (25% from each group of topics).

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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. Seminar presentations, report and participation
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Research proposal on selected topic
23 Oct 2020
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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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Required reading will be supplied usually in the form of pdfs of required articles.
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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 notes and 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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Students are expected to spend one full day preparing for each seminar. For the research proposal each student is expected to have at least two face-to-face meetings with the lecturer responsible for your topic.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisites: BIOL351 or BIOMO301




Restricted papers: BIOL582 and BIOL583

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