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Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry (VET272)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
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 of 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes Specific learning objectives for each lecture and practical are provided and linked to the overall unit learning outcomes:
A) VETERINARY KNOWLEDGE: Multi-species Knowledge, Normal structure & function, Disease mechanisms
1. Understanding of DNA and gene regulation in relation to health and disease
2. Understand protein structure and the consequences of defects in the structure of proteins
3. Outline how enzymes function and the importance of enzyme assays
4. Key principals of hormone action at the molecular level
5. Integrated knowledge of intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids and lipids
6. Metabolism of individual tissues such as adipose tissue, liver, and muscle and contributions to homeostasis
7. Understanding rumen metabolism
8. Understand the digestion and absorption of nutrients by herbivores, omnivores and carnivores and their utilisation in the body
9. Outline and discuss the biochemistry of muscles and muscle contraction

B) CLINICAL PROFICIENCY: Clinical Problem-Solving and PROFESSIONAL LIFE SKILLS: Collaboration
10. Apply underlying biochemical principles in a clinical setting and interpret and understand the limitations of the test results
11. Demonstrate competency at basic practical laboratory techniques such as pipetting and the use of centrifuges and spectrophotometers
12. Perform biochemical calculations such as dilutions
13. Interpret results from biochemical assays and relate results to underlying biochemical principles
14. Work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
15. Demonstrate willingness to work effectively in a team with other relevant students
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.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is lectures (3 per week), practicals (approx. 4 x 3 hour sessions) and tutorials (approx. 4 x 1 hour sessions). Specific learning objectives for each lecture and practical are provided and linked to the overall unit learning outcomes. The lectures are strategically scheduled to link with the practical classes, thus improving the learning environment by supporting theory, with practical knowledge. There are two intrasemester tests scheduled throughout the course to direct learning towards the major concepts covered in the learning objectives.
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%.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM; successful completion of all BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM Part I units, or accepted equivalents.
Enrolment in BSc (Animal Science)/BAnimal Science/BSc (Animal Health); successful completion of BIO152 Foundations of Cell Biology; Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology; Cell Biology.
Exclusions Students who have completed BMS261 Human and Comparative Biochemistry or ANS251 Agricultural Biochemistry or VET241 Veterinary Biochemistry may not undertake this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'Veterinary Biochemistry'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Applied Animal Production
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