UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOC2201 Biochemistry of the Cell

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Offshore teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
Content This is an introductory unit that explores the molecular basis of life. This foundation unit explains how macromolecules such as proteins and lipids are central to understanding how cells function. The unit is organised into four broad themes which define the key concepts to be taught. Each theme provides a distinct body of material to assist study in depth: (1) placing molecules within the cellular architecture—this theme focuses on the structure of membranes and their importance in organelles and cells; (2) molecular and structural biochemistry of proteins—the functions of proteins in the cell are introduced with the relationship between protein structure and protein function emphasised; (3) proteins in action (transport across membranes)—the principles and mechanisms of transporting key molecules across membranes is described in detail; and (4) proteins as chemical catalysts—principles of catalysis as applied to biological systems and enzymes are introduced and the use of enzymes as biological tools is discussed. The laboratory course reinforces lecture concepts and trains students in biological laboratory skills. Techniques and technologies used in modern biological laboratories are introduced.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Peter Arthur
Unit rules
Prerequisites: SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell and (CHEM1103 Biological Organic Chemistry or CHEM1104 Biological Inorganic and Physical Chemistry)
Incompatibility: BIOC2210/BIOC2250 Biochemistry
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week, as arranged

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