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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite:

ECHO11003 Fundamentals of Cardiac Science

AND

Co-requisite

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 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 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online

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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.33% 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 evaluations, Emails
Feedback
The Online Quizzes were each comprised of 20 multiple choice questions and had to be completed in 30 minutes. Students felt that the time was too short.
Recommendation
The time for the Online Quizzes in 2019 will be increased from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
Action Taken
The time for the Online Quizzes was increased to 45 minutes.
Source: Unit evaluations, Emails
Feedback
Students felt that more immediate feedback on the Online Quizzes following completion of their attempt would have been beneficial.
Recommendation
The Quiz settings will be altered so that students can immediately see their score following completion of their attempt.
Action Taken
The Quiz settings were altered so that students could see their grade immediately upon submitting their attempt, but they could not review their individual responses until the Quiz closed.
Source: Unit evaluations, Emails
Feedback
Students felt that some of the lectures were long and could have been "chunked" into smaller parts for ease of viewing.
Recommendation
The lectures are formatted into defined sections according to the weekly learning objectives. Thus, these sections will be used to split the lecture recordings into a series of videos of shorter duration in 2019.
Action Taken
The lectures were chunked into defined sections.
Source: Unit evaluations, Emails
Feedback
Students appreciated the style of the Lectures / Tutorials and the learning resources provided on Moodle.
Recommendation
The teaching approach and resources will remain the same in 2019.
Action Taken
The teaching approach and resources presented remained the same.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Feedback
Some lectures (while chunked) are over 120 minutes and include advanced topics which are not directly relevant to the unit learning outcomes.
Recommendation
The proportion of lectures with the advanced topics will be renewed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The quiz questions should be formatted as "one per page" to avoid excessive scrolling.
Recommendation
The presentation of the quiz questions will be changed to one question per page.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the diagrams and annotations provided in the lectures.
Recommendation
This presentation style will be retained.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test