ECHO11004 - Biochemistry for Cardiac Pharmacology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of biomolecules, cell function and cellular biochemistry. You will develop a basic understanding of how biomolecules are synthesised, catabolised and interconverted through key biochemical pathways to meet the needs of the cell and organism. Cellular biochemistry will explore aspects of cell-cell communication to provide the necessary knowledge to study disease and drug treatment at the cellular level. This unit will prepare you for advanced level study of cardiovascular pharmacology.


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


ECHO11003 Fundamentals of Cardiac Science



BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 OR BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

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

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Online Test 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%).

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.81% 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: Students
The Online Quizzes help students to cement their understanding of unit concepts.
Retain this style of assessment task.
Action Taken
Style of assessment was retained.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Individualised feedback for the Online Quizzes motivated students to maintain/improve their performance across the four Quizzes.
Continue to provide students with individualised feedback upon completion of each Online Quiz.
Action Taken
Students were again provided with feedback and explanations for each quiz question.
Source: Students; Unit Coordinator
Segmented content improves learning and retention of the unit material.
Continue with the chunked format of content delivery.
Action Taken
Chunked format of content delivery was maintained.
Source: Students
Provide more practice quizzes on the Moodle site.
Provide another weekly practice quiz on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Source: Students + Unit Coordinator
Students enjoy the format of the tutorials.
Maintain current format of tutorials.
Action Taken
Source: Students + Unit Coordinator
Improve the layout of the Online Test.
Divide sub-questions into 'one-per-page' (rather than grouped on one page).
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the structure, function and biological roles of the major types of biomolecules and macromolecules
  2. Describe the relationship between structure and function of the components of biological membranes, especially in terms of selective permeability
  3. Outline the basic processes involved in metabolic and catabolic pathways relevant to the cardiovascular system
  4. Describe basic cell signalling, communication and metabolism.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac, Foundation units of competence - 1- 5.
2. European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging Core Syllabus
3. American Registry for Cardiac Sonography Core Syllabus

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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