- Code BIOL6107
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre and the John Curtin School of Medical Research
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Biology
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- appreciate the background science related to plant and animal biochemistry that will drive future biotechnological developments.
- 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
- 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.
- critically review and research scientific literature and be able to canvas ideas and opinions on a particular research topic.
Other InformationThe Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email email@example.com to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
- Medical biochemistry assignment assessment (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- 1000 word essay and 10 min of oral seminar presentation (20) [LO 1,4]
- Mid semester and Final exam (50) [LO 1,2,3]
- Tutorial quizes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week and 1 x 1 hours of tutorial per week throughout the semester.
- Approximately 75 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
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