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BMSC11005 - Foundations of Biochemistry

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

CHEM11007 Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences and CHEM11008 Essential Principals of Chemical Sciences;

or CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences or CHEM11042 Fundamentals of Chemistry

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 - 2016

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Mackay
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Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Mackay
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
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Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
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Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
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Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
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Melbourne
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Term 3 - 2022 Profile
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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 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
3. Examination 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25.62% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit coordinator and academic team.
Feedback
A more clinically orientated textbook could benefit student engagement.
Recommendation
Explore the possibility of adopting a more clinically orientated textbook.
Action Taken
A new texbook 'Principles of Medical Biochemistry' has been introduced to provide more clinically orientated content.
Source: Have your say feedback
Feedback
The audio quality in some of the lectures is poor.
Recommendation
Re-record affected lectures.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the weekly learning outcomes and the structure of the unit.
Recommendation
Continue to provide weekly learning outcomes and ensure the continued delivery of a cohesive and scaffolded body of knowledge in biochemistry.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the clinical contextualisation of topics.
Recommendation
Continue to ensure learning and teaching materials are contextualised with a clinical prospective for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 and their building blocks.
  2. Explain the various methods used to separate and characterise macromolecules.
  3. Describe the relationship between structure and function of the components of biological membranes, especially in terms of selective permeability.
  4. Outline the basic processes involved in metabolism of carbohydares, fats and proteins and their catabolism to synthesise ATP through cellular respiration.
  5. Utilise common search engines and scientific databases to find and recognise primary scientific information.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
2 - Online Quiz(zes)