- Code BIOL6171
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Medicine, Medical Science, Health
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.
The workshop topic is “Plant metabolic engineering and breeding for human health”. Students 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".
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the major metabolic pathways involved in the degradation of nutrients in the human body
- Apply biochemical principles in relation to the effects that human diet has on our metabolism.
- Apply important chemical concepts and principles to draw conclusions concerning the basis of reactivity of biologically relevant molecules and their interactions.
- Critically analyse and evaluate experimental data
- Critique biochemical methods and use library research to evaluate research data
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- Workshop - literature review or journal club presentation (15) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Tutorial tests - short answer questions covering lecture material (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Practical class reports (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final exam covering the complete course material including practical classes (50) [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 2 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 24 hours). 4 x 4 hours of practical sessions and 6 x 1 hour of tutorial throughout the semester.
- Approximately 84 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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