• Class Number 3048
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Prof Peter Solomon
  • LECTURER
    • Dr Benedict Long
    • Dr Brett Lidbury
    • John Rathjen
    • Dr Julia Ellyard
    • AsPr Marco Casarotto
    • Prof Peter Solomon
    • Dr Robert Sharwood
    • Ryan McQuinn
    • AsPr Tamas Fischer
    • Dr Yamuna Karunasekara
  • 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

Rapid advances in plant and animal biochemistry over recent years have fundamentally changed fields of science ranging from medicine to agriculture and food security. This course will present these recent advances exploring both the specifics and commonalities that exist in biochemistry when comparing mammalian and plant systems. The medical biochemistry stream will cover topics such as cancer metabolism, personalised immunology, molecular mechanisms related to drug development, ion channel function and aspects of translational medicine.  In the plant stream, topics to be covered include plant disease, CO2 fixation, photosynthesis and climate change. Lectures will be presented from experts from both the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the Research School of Biology. This course offers an excellent opportunity for students to understand how biochemistry impacts everyday life, and expand their knowledge of biochemistry across a platform of diverse and important disciplines.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

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. appreciate the background science related to plant and animal biochemistry that will drive future biotechnological developments.

 2. comprehend the processes involved in plant-pathogen interactions (i.e. biochemical evolution of photosynthesis, the specific signaling and metabolic processes) that will shape future advances

3. have an understanding of the role that molecules play in a numbers of disease states and the therapies used to combat these disorders. This will enable students to have an informed view of current issues driving medical therapies.

4. critically review and research scientific literature and be able to canvas ideas and opinions on a particular research topic.

 

Research-Led Teaching

Each of the lecturers in this course is an active researcher with expertise in areas of research closely related to their lecture modules. As appropriate, their lectures will draw on that expertise and include examples of their own research to illustrate advances in our understanding and questions that still need to be answered about the animal and plant biochemistry.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction Prof. Peter Solomon and Assoc. Prof. Marco Casarotto
2 Diagnostic Pathology Assoc. Prof. Brett Ledbury
3 Epigenetic and genomic stability Assoc. Prof. Tamas Fischer
4 Personalised immunology Dr. Julia Ellyard
5 Rational drug design Assoc. Prof. Marco Casarotto
6 Muscle-associated diseases Dr. Yamuna Karunasekara
7 Plant-pathogen metabolism Prof. Peter Solomon
8 Structure and function of protein kinases in plant immunity Assoc. Prof. John Rathjen
9 Carbon dioxide concentration mechanisms Dr. Ben Long
10 Photosynthesis Dr. Rob Sharwood
11 Carotenoid biosynthesis and metabolism Dr. Ryan McQuinn

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Medical biochemistry assignment 20 % 25/03/2019 26/04/2019 1,2,4
Mid-Semester exam 30 % 25/03/2019 26/04/2019 1,2,3
Plant Essay 10 % 29/04/2019 24/05/2019 1,2,4
Oral presentation 10 % 24/05/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,4
Final exam 30 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3

Policies

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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.

Examination(s)

There is no course requirement to pass the exams to pass the course.


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 and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). 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: 25/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Medical biochemistry assignment

The student is asked to answer one of five questions which is related to each of the lecture topics. Word limit is 1500 words.

Assessment Rubric

  • Demonstration of fluent writing style, with good structure, syntax and few spelling errors. Have you paraphrased and cited appropriately?(2 marks)
  • A clear grasp of fundamental knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge to the problem under consideration. (3 marks)
  • Critical analysis of researched material. (2 marks)
  • Effective use of resource material (with appropriate referencing EMBO style). Are your references: recent, relevant, referenced, peer-reviewed.(2 marks)
  • Overall mastery of the topic. (1 mark)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 25/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid-Semester exam

Mid-Semester exam worth 30% will assess the content from the first term of semester.


Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Plant Essay

The essay reviews recent advances made in an area of research related to one of the lecture modules. The review is approximately 1,000 words (plus or minus 10%) in length. The essay will be based on one of five ‘seed papers’ proposed by lecturers in the course. Copies of the five ‘seed’ papers will be available on Wattle. Students should look at the papers and chose one for their essay. Written instructions on how to do the essay are available on Wattle.


Assessment Rubric

8 marks (out of 10) will be awarded on content including the suitability and interpretation of citing papers selected and also how these papers have built upon the research within the original citing paper. A further 2 (out 10 marks) will be awarded on presentation including the correct formatting of references as per the Guidelines on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 24/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Oral presentation

Students will prepare and deliver a 10 min oral presentation reviewing the ‘seed’ paper they chose for their Plant essay. The talk will be in a date agreed upon with the student (no later than 24/5/18) and will be assessed by Prof. Peter Solomon on presentation 40% (formatting, clarity of slides, oral delivery etc) and content 60%. 

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final exam

30% final exam held in the end of semester examination period assessing only the content from term 2.


Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the 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) 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. 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.

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.

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 Peter Solomon
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Peter.Solomon@anu.edu.au

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Disease, immunity

Prof Peter Solomon

Dr Benedict Long
52322
ben.long@anu.edu.au

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Dr Benedict Long

Dr Brett Lidbury
54710
brett.lidbury@anu.edu.au

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Dr Brett Lidbury

John Rathjen
54584
john.rathjen@anu.edu.au

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John Rathjen

Dr Julia Ellyard
53519
Julia.Ellyard@anu.edu.au

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Dr Julia Ellyard

AsPr Marco Casarotto
52598
Marco.Casarotto@anu.edu.au

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AsPr Marco Casarotto

Prof Peter Solomon
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peter.solomon@anu.edu.au

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Prof Peter Solomon

Dr Robert Sharwood
55894
robert.sharwood@anu.edu.au

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Dr Robert Sharwood

Ryan McQuinn
55896
ryan.mcquinn@anu.edu.au

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Ryan McQuinn

AsPr Tamas Fischer
52194
Tamas.Fischer@anu.edu.au

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AsPr Tamas Fischer

Dr Yamuna Karunasekara
50417
Yamuna.Karunasekara@anu.edu.au

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Dr Yamuna Karunasekara

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