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Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry (VET272)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Understanding molecular and metabolic biochemistry is central to the understanding of production, health, disease, and management of animals. The unit emphasises the conceptual understanding of DNA, gene expression and metabolism in the whole animal. Regulation of tissue metabolism and how it relates to animal adaptation and the production products for humans forms the central component of the unit. Digestion and absorption of nutrients by herbivores, omnivores and carnivores and their utilisation in the body are used to integrate the unit.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week; Laboratories: 1 x 3 hours for 4 weeks (includes pre-lab); tutorials: 1 x 1 hour for 4 weeks.
Assessment Final exam: 50%, multiple choice and long answer questions.
Mid-semester tests: 2 x 1 hour, 15% each, multiple choice.
Laboratory class assessment: 20%, written (lab report) and verbal feedback from laboratory demonstrators for each assessment. Pre- and post-lab quizzes for each practical with immediate automated annotated feedback through LMS quiz tool.
Feedback from coordinator on class performance and weaknesses (through LMS and in practical class). Feedback from lecturer on most difficult questions encountered by class (through discussion forums on LMS)
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/BSc (Animal Science)/B Animal Science/BSc (Animal Health); BIO152 Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology.
Exclusions Students who have completed BMS261 Human and Comparative Biochemistry or ANS251 Agricultural Biochemistry may not undertake this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'Veterinary Biochemistry'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Appears in these Minors Applied Animal Production
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