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Metabolic and Cellular Biochemistry (BIO390)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description How do cells communicate? What effect does diet have on your body? This is an advanced unit in biochemistry, building on your knowledge and demonstrating how biochemical regulation and signalling at the cellular level can effect change in the whole organism. Key modules are: Regulation of enzyme activity and protein function; signal transduction and cellular communication; metabolic integration and tissue specialisation; and lipid biochemistry. Quantitative data handling skills for the investigation of biochemical phenomena will be embedded in each topic.
Unit Learning Outcomes After completing this unit you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate skills in independently acquiring a critical understanding of the mechanisms of control and regulation operating in biochemical systems.
2. Distinguish between the numerous mechanisms that regulate the rate of enzyme/protein function within cells.
3. Illustrate the various mechanisms of intercellular communication, and the interaction between them.
4. Explain the relationship between tissue specialization and the integrated response of these tissues to external influences.
5. Describe the key characteristics of the major classes of lipid and outline their various roles in biochemical systems.
6. Appropriately handle, analyse and present biochemical data.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: online content delivered as weekly modules; workshops: 6 x 2 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to use the lectures to provide a clear framework for the study of biochemistry. Students are encouraged to look beyond the lecture content to extend their learning, with relevant references provided at the end of each lecture to acts as a guide. The unit is divided into five modules, each of which has a set of lectures and a structured workshop. Core concepts from lectures are reinforced and integrated in workshop sessions, where students are provided with the opportunity to address any aspects of the unit content with academic staff. Throughout the semester, students are encouraged to participate in LMS-based discussions, which are moderated by the teaching team.
Assessment Quiz Test - 20%
Literature Review - 30%
Examination - 50%
Prerequisites Successful completion of either BIO247/BIO270 Biochemistry/Biochemistry I or BMS261/VET272 Human and Comparative Biochemistry/Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (BLabMed) [New in 2020]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Garth Maker
Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1288
e: G.Maker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.035 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Garth Maker
Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1288
e: G.Maker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.035 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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