BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
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.
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
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
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biomedical Science or Master of Biotechnology and Chemistry ATAR or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent.
Incompatibility:
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.
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