UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit builds on the Level 2 units BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function. The topics of protein targeting, signal transduction and the life cycle of cells—growth, differentiation, cancer and cell death—are covered. Mechanisms of metabolic regulation, the role of enzymes and energy generation (which explains how cells cope with environmental changes and stress) complete the theory part of the unit. The laboratory practical component encompasses tissue culture and quantitative analysis of changes in gene expression on cell differentiation.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of cell function at the biochemical level, including the biochemical basis of cellular malfunctions that lead to stressed or disease states e.g. cancer, oxidative stress; (2) develop research skills in cell culture, modern methods of quantitative analysis of gene expression and data collection, analysis and written reporting of results; and (3) acquire skills in literature research, comprehension and analysis of scientific publications and oral and visual presentation of scientific material.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) two theory examinations (mid-semester and end-of-semester); (2) laboratory quiz(zes) and a report; and (3) an oral presentation of a journal article. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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 overall 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) Professor Paul Attwood
Unit rules
Prerequisites: [(BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell or BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell) and (BIOC2202 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function or BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function)] or [BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell or BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell) and one of MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease, PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems, ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development]
Incompatibility: BIOC3352 Cellular and Metabolic Biochemistry; PHYL3300 Mammalian Cell Biology
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOC3005/SEM-2/2017

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