• Class Number 3899
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Simon Williams
    • Dr Christina Spry
    • Prof Stefan Broer
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

Experience your own metabolism! You eat, drink, exercise and sleep. Without noticing, your body adapts to these situations changing your metabolism and adapting to different energy requirements. In this course we cover 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-fasting cycle.

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

In the practical course you will experience how we detect and analyse nutrients and their metabolism.

Honours pathway option (HPO) - Plant metabolic engineering and breeding for human health

Students who take this option will participate in two learning workshops and will be required to prepare a literature review or prepare a journal club presentation on the topic of "plant metabolic engineering and breeding for human health".

Entry to this option will be subject to approval by the course convener and is based on academic merit.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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. Apply biochemical principles in relation to the effects that human diet has on our metabolism.
  3. Apply important chemical concepts and principles to draw conclusions concerning 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

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

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

  • Written comments for lab reports
  • Written comments for quizzes
  • 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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

The Honours Pathway Option available in this course is a workshop that covers the topic of plant metabolic engineering for human health. The workshop for HPO students is a pass/fail module, the marks obtained in the workshop do not count towards the rest of the course for HPO students.

Class Schedule

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

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Lab Report 1-4 20 % 1,2,3,4
Quizzes (3) 30 % 1,2,3,4
End of Semester Exam (50%) 50 % 1,2,3,4
Opt-in Workshop - Plant metabolic engineering for human health 0 % 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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.


  • Lectures will be presented live (Face-to-face) and recorded and uploaded onto wattle. Where possible the lecturers will be online live.
  • Tutorials will be run face-to-face and via Zoom.
  • Tutorial material will also be available on Wattle for self-guided learning.
  • Labs are compulsory and will be run in class on campus. For remote students, attendance online is required to obtain data.
  • Assessments: Lab reports and quiz assessments will be online through wattle. The final exam assessment will be invigilated in person or online.


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 for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are 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 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Lab Report 1-4

There are 4 reports. Each report is valued at 5% (20% total). This includes 1% for the pre-lab quiz and 4% for the post-lab report.

It is intended that the marked reports will be returned 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Wattle course site.

This report is written on a template and reports 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 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Quizzes (3)

Online Quiz with ~10 questions to be answered by brief statements. Each test is valued at 10% (30% total)

There are 3 Quizzes due over the semester. It is intended that the marked tests will be returned 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

Quiz 1 due: 2023-03-17

Quiz 2 due: 2023-04-28

Quiz 3 due: 2023-05-19

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

End of Semester Exam (50%)

Final Exam as scheduled. The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Opt-in Workshop - Plant metabolic engineering for human health

The workshop is an opt-in activity for PhB, HPO and capacity permitting other well-performing students. The workshop assessment takes the form of an essay and/or journal club presentation. PhB students may select the workshop as an ASE.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

Assessment task 1 (Pracs reports): 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.

Assessment task 2 (Quiz): No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Lab reports will be marked using TurnItIn. Quizzes will be run via Wattle and marked online.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

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).

Dr Simon Williams
6125 7862

Research Interests

Structural Biology / Synthetic Biology / Plant-Microbe Interactions / Plant Innate Immunity / Fungal Pathogenesis

Dr Simon Williams

By Appointment
Dr Christina Spry

Research Interests

Dr Christina Spry

By Appointment
Prof Stefan Broer

Research Interests

Prof Stefan Broer

By Appointment

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