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BMED19010 - Macromolecules and Cell Function

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course will enable students to develop their knowledge of the structure, function and biological roles of the major cellular macromolecules and their building blocks, and of the methods used in biochemical analysis. Students should also develop their understanding of the processes involved in cellular respiration and the breakdown of macromolecules, as well as the basis of the selective permeability of membranes. This will include the development of skills in the evaluation and application of primary source material within the context of biochemistry. Distance education students will be required to attend a residential school for this course.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

CHEM11007 Intro Concepts of Chemical Sciences or CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

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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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Practical Assessment 25%
3. Examination 60%

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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

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 (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids) and their building blocks.
  2. Explain the various methods used to separate and characterise macromolecules, with particular reference to the purification of proteins.
  3. Describe the relationships between structure and function of the components of biological membranes, especially in terms of selective permeability.
  4. Outline the basic processes involved in cellular respiration and how these processes operate to break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins and synthesise ATP.
  5. Demonstrate skills in the evaluation and application of primary source material.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination