BIOC4001 Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

6 points
(see Timetable)
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)]
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. Topics include protein interactions (3 lectures), non-coding RNAs (3 lectures), cell signalling (3 lectures), and organelles (3 lectures). Students develop and present a 20-minute lecture on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic. 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 database searching, data management, 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.
Students are able to (1) discuss and describe 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 databases and manage the acquired information, think critically, analyse data, and interpret results.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes and (2) oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Thomas Martin
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
the Master of Health Science (71540)
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
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,
Contact hours
lectures: 12 hours; presentation sessions: approx. 6 hours (depending on number of students)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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