BIOC4001 Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
The topics covered in this unit build on those presented in undergraduate units, and reflect cutting-edge developments in biochemistry and molecular biology, providing students with an understanding and knowledge of the discipline at an advanced level. Students develop and present a lecture on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings, and submit an assignment related to this lecture. The lecture highlights the research that has led to our current understanding of the topic. The main academic objective of the unit is for students to gain an understanding and an appreciation of how the knowledge in a field of biochemistry and molecular biology progresses. Students' abilities in identifying and critically reviewing appropriate sources of the literature, critical thinking, data analysis, and interpretation of results are extended. They also broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material unrelated to their research project.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) discuss recent advances in the disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology; (2) develop the emergence of a scientific discipline in historical, technological and knowledge-based contexts, and present this information in the form of a lecture; and (3) search and manage the acquired information, think critically, analyse data, and interpret results.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination; (2) oral presentation; and (3) assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Thomas Martin
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Health Science (71540)
or
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
and
BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
or
an undergraduate major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Advisable prior study:
undergraduate major in Agricultural Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Botany, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Marine Science, Zoology,
or
equivalent
Contact hours
workshops: 12 hours; presentation sessions: approx. 6 hours (depending on number of students); consultation with academic staff during presentation planning approx. 0.5 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.