UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face2018
Content This unit will consider fundamental aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology including, recombinant DNA technology; the synthesis of RNA (transcription) and proteins (translation) and how theses processes are controlled at the molecular level. A focus will also be on understanding the roles that proteins play in a cell, as well as their structure. Emphasis will be placed on the characteristics of enzymes and the major metabolic pathways they catalyse. The contribution of organelles to eukaryotic cell function will also be discussed.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe the major techniques and uses of recombinant DNA technology; (2) describe the processes of transcription and translation and how they are controlled; (3) identify and describe the roles of proteins and how they relate to their structural characteristics; (4) describe the steps in major metabolic pathways and the enzymes catalysing them; and (5) identify organelles and describe their contribution to the metabolism of eukaryotic cells.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) online quizzes consisting of multiple-choice and / or short answer questions; (2) worksheets; and (3) attendance and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in Master of Biomedical Science or Master of Biotechnology
Contact hours lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per fortnight

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