School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Unit Code

    SCI2112
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Annette Erika KOENDERS

Description

Genomics, proteomics and metabolomics are providing insights into the way living organisms function at an ever increasing level of detail. Students will develop an understanding of the "-omics" through exploring the genetic and metabolic processes common to all life as well as specialised processes that enable living organisms to function, survive and reproduce.

Non Standard Timetable Requirements

Lectures, laboratories, directed reading and group work.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must pass SCI1183

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Explain the molecular basis of the genetic code.
  2. Describe the expression of genes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  3. Explain the structure and function of biological membranes and cellular components.
  4. Discuss energy metabolism from photo- and chemosynthesis to fermentation and cellular respiration.
  5. Compare the contributions of organisms to ecosystem function on the basis of their biochemistry.

Unit Content

  1. Molecular structure of nuclear and organelle genomes, chromosomes, coding and non-coding DNA, genes.
  2. DNA replication and repair, transcription and translation, pre-, post-transcriptional and post-translational control mechanisms, protein structure and function.
  3. Subcellular organisation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  4. Biological membrane structure, semi-permeability, membrane transport, resting membrane potential, transport epithelia.
  5. Energy metabolism, carbohydrates and lipids as fuels, glycolysis and various fermentation processes, cellular respiration, oxidative phosphorylation.
  6. Carbon fixation and energy harnessing through photosynthesis and chemosynthesis.
  7. Energy flow and nutrient cycles from cells to ecosystems.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, tutorials, workshops, group work and directed reading.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
PosterGroup poster presentation with individual background papers20%
Laboratory WorkLaboratory and tutorial exercises40%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination40%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Unit Code

    SCI2112
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Annette Erika KOENDERS

Description

Genomics, proteomics and metabolomics are providing insights into the way living organisms function at an ever increasing level of detail. Students will develop an understanding of the "-omics" through exploring the genetic and metabolic processes common to all life as well as specialised processes that enable living organisms to function, survive and reproduce.

Non Standard Timetable Requirements

Lectures, laboratories, directed reading and group work.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must pass SCI1183

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Explain the molecular basis of the genetic code.
  2. Describe the expression of genes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  3. Explain the structure and function of biological membranes and cellular components.
  4. Discuss energy metabolism from photo- and chemosynthesis to fermentation and cellular respiration.
  5. Compare the contributions of organisms to ecosystem function on the basis of their biochemistry.

Unit Content

  1. Molecular structure of nuclear and organelle genomes, chromosomes, coding and non-coding DNA, genes.
  2. DNA replication and repair, transcription and translation, pre-, post-transcriptional and post-translational control mechanisms, protein structure and function.
  3. Subcellular organisation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  4. Biological membrane structure, semi-permeability, membrane transport, resting membrane potential, transport epithelia.
  5. Energy metabolism, carbohydrates and lipids as fuels, glycolysis and various fermentation processes, cellular respiration, oxidative phosphorylation.
  6. Carbon fixation and energy harnessing through photosynthesis and chemosynthesis.
  7. Energy flow and nutrient cycles from cells to ecosystems.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, tutorials, workshops, group work and directed reading.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Literature ReviewReview of current topic in molecular biology or biochemistry.20%
Laboratory WorkLaboratory and tutorial exercises40%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination40%

Core Reading(s)

  • Moran, L. A., Horton, R. A., Scrimgeour, G., Perry, M., & Rawn, D. (2013). Principles of Biochemistry. (5th ed.). USA: Pearson Higher Ed.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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