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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: three x 1 hour lecture and one x 1 hour tutorial per week |
Total Time Commitment: 48 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Other combinations of subjects that provide a similar background may be considered by the coordinator
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|Non Allowed Subjects:||Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for this subject if previously obtained credit for pre-2009 subject Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Part A or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Part B.|
|Core Participation Requirements:||It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.|
CoordinatorDr Irene Stanley
In this subject the molecular basis of cell function and regulation is described. Subject content includes an introduction to biomembranes, macromolecular structures used to compartmentalize cellular processes. The lipid and glycoprotein composition of membranes are described and how they enable specific functions such as the transport of molecules and secretion of proteins. The molecules of the life are studied in the processes of the cell division, cell regulation and cell death (apoptosis). The role of large protein assemblies called the cytoskeleton in allowing cells to maintain their shape, to migrate and to transport molecules is explained. Nutrition and metabolism explores the dual rolls of diet in providing energy and structural precursors to maintain human health. Core energy pathways relating to carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism will be investigated as a means of generating energy. The crucial role of cholesterol in health and disease will be investigated. Hormonal regulation of metabolism and metabolic adaptations to fasting, starvation and in athletes will be covered. An introduction to the filed of metabolic signal transduction considers the actions of hormones and their intracellular signalling pathways, critical to health and disease. The process of photosynthesis introduces how carbohydrates are made from carbon dioxide, using the energy of the sun. This is an elegant biochemical process which is fundamental to human existence.
By the end of the subject the student should understand the following:
3 hour written exam held in examination period (70%), one 1 hour multichoice examination (10%), continuing computer based assessment (20%)
|Prescribed Texts:||Nelson and Cox, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 5th edn., 2008|
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
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On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.
Not available to students enrolled in the BBiomedSc.
Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access and internet-enabled computer
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