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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.
Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences or CHEM11042 Fundamentals of Chemistry or CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter
Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit,
should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification.
Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability.
See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
Offerings For Term 2 - 2019
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).
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 Policy
for more details of interim results and final grades.
Your unit coordinator for BMSC11005 Foundations of
Biochemistry is Corine Ting. You can contact me using the forum on the unit's
Moodle site or alternatively through email (email@example.com)
or on 0749309600. The forum for this unit is continuously monitored and you can
expect a response within 24 hours of posting your question.
As the name suggests, this unit will provide you with
foundation knowledge of biochemistry in relation to your profession. BMSC11005
Foundations of Biochemistry is a core unit in several courses, including:
Bachelor of Paramedic
Bachelor of Medical
Bachelor of Medical
Bachelor of Sciences
Bachelor of Science
You will be provided an opportunity to explore how
biochemistry relates to your specific discipline in Assessment 1, whereby you
will further your understanding of protein biology by selecting a protein to
study that is relevant to your future profession. The broader relevance of
biochemistry will be further exemplified through clinical examples provided throughout the lectures and tutorials.
All lectures are pre-recorded and students can access them anytime during the term. Tutorials are delivered each week from the Rockhampton
campus and through ISL to campuses at Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg,
Brisbane and Sydney. Students enrolled in distance delivery mode can also attend
the live tutorials using ZOOM. During these tutorials, we will work through the
weekly study questions that are provided to you on the Moodle site. These
weekly study questions will help you apply knowledge learned during the weekly
lecture and prepare you for the assessments. You will get the most benefit from
the tutorials if you watch the weekly lectures beforehand and attempt the
weekly study questions. You are strongly encouraged to participate in
tutorials. Weekly revision quizzes are also provided to reinforce the knowledge
you have gained from the lectures and to support your learning experience in
As per Australian educational standards, you are expected
to commit 150 hours of engagement to your study of this unit. This is broken down
2 - 3 hours per week
watching recorded lectures and revising the content through study notes
3 - 4 hours per week
completing the weekly study questions and weekly revision quizzes on the
unit's Moodle site
1 - 2 hours per week
attending the weekly tutorial and reflecting on your answers to the weekly
3 - 4 hours per week
preparing your assessments or studying for your exam
1 Written Assessment
Proteins provide structure and function of our cells and tissues, and are fundamental to normal cellular homeostasis. In your future profession, you may encounter many proteins that have become dysfunctional and underpin the onset and development of various diseases or other medical conditions. This assessment provides you with an opportunity to perform an initial literature search to identify one (1) protein that is relevant to your future profession. Alternatively, a list of potential proteins and their relevance to the professions will be available on the unit's Moodle site and you may select one from this list. Your chosen protein will be the topic for your assessment, in which you will produce a poster that provides information on the structure, function and biological role(s) of your selected protein.
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). If you are unsure of the suitability of your choice for this assessment, please consult with the unit coordinator. A comprehensive explanation of the defining features of a protein is available through the learning materials provided during Week 2.
Research the literature related to the structure and function of your chosen 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. You are strongly encouraged to explore how the specific nature of a particular protein's structure dictates its biological function. Please provide details of any alterations that your protein may have in relation to a particular disease.
This assessment requires you to engage with relevant literature on your chosen protein and it is expected that you reference at least 5 scientific journal articles.
Assessment Due Date
Week 5 Friday (16 Aug 2019) 11:59 pm AEST
Return Date to Students
Week 7 Friday (6 Sept 2019)
Minimum mark or grade
This assessment has a minimum passing grade of 50% (which equates to a minimum mark of 50 out of 100)
The poster will be evaluated in accordance with the detailed marking rubric available on the unit's Moodle site. A brief overview of the assessment criteria are as follows;
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 your research on the protein - you should have used at least 5 scientific references (ideally scientific journal articles or government websites with robust information)
10 marks available for organisation of the poster - The content of the poster should be organised into defined sections. All posters should have a clear title with the author's name and unit code. Headings should clearly identify the information contained within the section.
10 marks available for the appropriate use of references and formatting of the reference list.
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. You are encouraged to closely consult the marking rubric whilst preparing your poster.
Demonstrate an ability to undertake research in the biological sciences.
Information Technology Competence
2 Online Quiz(zes)
This unit will enable you to further develop your knowledge and understanding of biomolecules and cell function, including the structure and biological role of amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. This particular assessment requires you to demonstrate this knowledge and understanding of the content in this unit. Biomolecules will have a role in your future profession, hence it is important that you understand the roles that they play in the cells or tissues and how they are synthesised, catabolised and interconverted through key biochemical pathways. The intent of this assessment is to provide you with an opportunity to assess your understanding of this knowledge. You are required to complete two (2) online quizzes.
Each quiz will be comprised of 20 multiple choice questions
Each question is worth 1 mark.
Your time limit for each quiz is 30 minutes.
The quiz will automatically submit at the completion of the 30 minute duration.
You will be allowed one attempt at each quiz.
Your score from the quizzes will contribute 40% to your final grade (2 quizzes X 20% each = 40%). You will only be able to access and complete Quiz 2 after you have attempted Quiz 1.
Quiz 1 will assess the topics covered during Weeks 1 to 6.
Quiz 2 will assess the topics covered during Weeks 7 to 10.
Number of Quizzes
Frequency of Quizzes
Assessment Due Date
Review/Exam Week Friday (18 Oct 2019) 11:59 pm AEST
Please see the timeline outlined above for specific information about quiz opening times and due dates.
Return Date to Students
Review/Exam Week Friday (18 Oct 2019)
Students will receive their correct answers on completion of the quiz.
Minimum mark or grade
This assessment has a minimum passing grade of 50% (for both online quizzes combined), which equates to a minimum mark of 20 out of 40.
The questions will be automatically marked upon submission of your quiz. You will receive your grade at the completion of your quiz, and correct answers to each individual quiz questions will be available after the due date of the quiz (Friday of Week 12).
Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function and biological roles of the major types of macromolecules and their building blocks
Explain the various methods used to separate and characterise macromolecules
Describe the relationship between structure and function of the components of biological membranes
Outline the basic processes involved in metabolism of carbohydares, fats and proteins and their catabolism to synthesise ATP through cellular respiration
Complete an invigilated examination
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre
Minimum mark or grade
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No calculators permitted
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Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work.
Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit,
including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.
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Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.
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Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure.
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the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.
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A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct.
The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.
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A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University.
It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere.
Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.
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