BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit covers the global study of an organism's genes, proteins, carbohydrates and metabolites, and its role in cell structure and function in health and disease. It teaches the commonly used experimental approaches used to determine the genome, proteome, glycome and metabolome of particular cells and organelles including electrophoresis, high performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Students gain laboratory and research skills in methods of global analysis and data interpretation, as well as in oral and written presentation of scientific data. The opportunity to engage in a research project in a research laboratory may be offered (depending on staff availability) to students who are enrolled in a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major and also enrolled in this unit and BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry. Students who have achieved an average grade of 65 per cent or more in their second-year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology unit(s) are eligible to apply. The research project runs for about 10 weeks and replaces the teaching laboratory components of this unit and BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry. Students undertaking a research project still do the laboratory quiz and the mark for their written report on the project replaces the laboratory report written by students taking the teaching laboratory component.
Outcomes
Students are able to gain an understanding of the global approach to studying genes, proteins, carbohydrates and metabolites in cells and the information that this approach provides.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final theory examination; (2) laboratory notebook and laboratory report; and (3) oral tutorial presentation. 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)
Dr Nicolas Taylor
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)]
Incompatibility:
BIOC3351 Structural and Functional Biochemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 21; presentations: 6; labs: 5 x 6 hours
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