BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit considers fundamental aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology including recombinant DNA technology; the synthesis of RNA (transcription) and proteins (translation) and how these processes are controlled at the molecular level. A focus is also on understanding the roles that proteins play in a cell, as well as their structure. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of enzymes and the major metabolic pathways they catalyse. The contribution of organelles to eukaryotic cell function is also discussed.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 Coordinator(s)
Dr Shaobai Huang
Unit rules
enrolment in Master of Biomedical Science or Master of Biotechnology and Chemistry ATAR or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent.
BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
Contact hours
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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