• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Medicine, Medical Science, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stefan Broer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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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.

As an optional activity students can participate in a problem–based learning module that covers aspects of biochemistry and nutrition through primary research articles.


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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the major metabolic pathways involved in the degradation of nutrients in the human body
  2. Understand principles of biochemical methods and be able to use them with appropriate instruction
  3. Understand the basis of reactivity of biologically relevant molecules and their interactions
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate experimental data
  5. Critique biochemical methods and use library research to evaluate research data

Other Information

Please email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Problem-based learning module (15) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Tutorial tests - short answer questions covering lecture material (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Practical class reports (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final exam covering the complete course material including practical classes (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL2171.

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Tophat Biochemistry & Nutrition by Stefan Broer

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3356 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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