• Class Number 2317
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Stefan Broer
    • AsPr Richard Callaghan
    • Dr Simon Williams
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course covers the metabolism of the major nutrients, carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. The lectures discuss the metabolism of these nutrients for the generation of energy and the generation of building blocks. Finally an integrated view of metabolism is discussed in particular with respect to the feeding-starving cycle.

Embedded are lectures that introduce principles of protein structure, enzyme function and regulation, and principles of energy metabolism.

Honours pathway option (HPO)

Entry to this option will be subject to approval by the course convener and is based on academic merit. Students who take this option will participate in problem-based learning groups during semester

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Describe the major metabolic pathways involved in the metabolism of nutrients in the human body.
2. Understand the principles of biochemical methods and be able to use them with appropriate instruction.
3. Understand the basis of reactivity of biologically relevant molecules and their interactions.
4. Analyse and evaluate experimental data.

Research-Led Teaching

The course comprises several sessions where current research methods and research topics are discussed.

Examination Material or equipment

None required

Required Resources

Top Hat Online Textbook Biochemistry & Nutrition

As posted on Wattle

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments for lab reports
  • Written comments for tutorial tests
  • Opportunity to have direct feedback in tutorial sessions throughout the semester

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly quizzes, a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction, Lecture
2 Lecture, Practical Course (Group A), Tutorial Lab report (A)
3 Lecture Tutorial
4 Lecture, Practical Course (Group B), Tutorial Test Lab report (B), test
5 Lecture, Practical Course (Group A), Tutorial Lab report (A)
6 Lecture, Practical Course (Group B), Tutorial Lab report (B)
7 Lecture, Tutorial Test Test
8 Lecture, Practical Course (Group A), Tutorial Lab report (A)
9 Lecture, Practical Course (Group B), Tutorial Lab report (B)
10 Lecture, Practical Course (Group A), Tutorial Lab report (A)
11 Lecture, Practical Course (Group B), Tutorial Test Lab report (B), test
12 Lecture

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Lab Report 1-4 20 % 04/03/2019 31/05/2019 2,4
Tutorial tests (3) 30 % 22/03/2019 31/05/2019 1,3
End of Semester Exam 50 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Final Exam as scheduled.

Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 04/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,4

Lab Report 1-4

There are 4 reports. Each report is valued at 5% (20% total)

The date range for these tasks indicates the approximate due date for the first report, and the approximate return date for the last report. There are 4 reports due over the semester. It is intended that the marked reports will be returned 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

This report is written on a template and reports the results of the experiment and should provide answers to questions

Report 1

Due: One week after the lab

Returned: One week after Submission

Report 2

Due: One week after the lab

Returned: One week after Submission

Report 3

Due: One week after the lab

Returned: One week after Submission

Report 4

Due: One week after the lab

Returned: One week after Submission

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 22/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Tutorial tests (3)

In class test with 6 questions to be answered by brief statements. Each test is valued at 10% (30% total)

There are 3 tutorial tests due over the semester. The date range for these tasks indicates the approximate due date for the first report, and the approximate return date for the last report. It is intended that the marked reports will be returned 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

Test 1 due: 2019-03-22

Test 2 due: 2019-04-26

Test 3 due: 2019-05-24

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

End of Semester Exam

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Lab reports will be marked using TurnItIn. Tutorial tests will be marked on the paper and returned through the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Assignments cannot be resubmitted unless a technical error occurred during uploading or an assignment was lost by biology teaching and learning.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Stefan Broer

Research Interests

Diabetes, Cancer, amino acid homeostasis

Prof Stefan Broer

Tuesday 09:00 10:00
AsPr Richard Callaghan

Research Interests

AsPr Richard Callaghan

Friday 09:00 10:00
Dr Simon Williams

Research Interests

Dr Simon Williams

Friday 09:00 10:00

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