- Code BIOL3107
- 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 Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Science
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Tamas Fischer
- Dr Kai Xun Chan
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2023
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Compare and contrast recent advances in plant and mammalian biochemistry.
- Understand the biochemical evolution of photosynthesis and the specific signalling and biochemical processes involved in plant-pathogen interactions.
- Understand the role that molecules play in a numbers of disease states and analyse the therapies used to combat these disorders.
- Research and read the literature critically to assimilate views on new findings.
- Mid semester and Final Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3]
- Assignments/Projects (20% for medical & 20% for plant) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 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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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3027||20 Feb 2023||27 Feb 2023||31 Mar 2023||26 May 2023||In Person||View|