Fundamentals of Biology & Biochemistry
|Course code BIOL2011||Units 10||Level 2000||Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences|
The diversity of important biological molecules and how their structures relate to their function in relation to living systems is demonstrated. Smaller biomolecules such as amino acids, nucleotides and sugars that were studied in first year chemistry (CHEM1120) are known to have important biological functions of their own, and are also utilised as building blocks for biopolymers such as proteins, nucleic acids and polysaccharides. The metabolic processes that occur in cells to synthesise and degrade these biomolecules and to provide energy for the cell will be presented with a view to showing how biological structures, biochemical reactions and pathways are connected and controlled in living systems.
Students will gain competency in basic laboratory skills. BIOL2011 is a core course for Bachelor of Food Science & Human Nutrition (Ourimbah campus).
This course is not to count with BIOL2010.
Available in 2015
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course, students will have:|
1. A basic understanding of the cellular structure and function of plants;
2. An understanding of the scientific philosophy associated with research in biochemistry, and competency in basic laboratory skills;
3. Knowledge of the diversity of biomolecules, as well as their metabolic and structural roles in cellular function;
4. Knowledge of the sources of energy for cells, and how cells utilise this chemical energy for growth and maintenance;
5. An understanding of how chemical reactions are mediated, integrated and regulated in the cell.
|Content||1) Plant cell structure & function|
a) Sugars and polysaccharides
b) Fatty acids and complex lipids
c) Amino acids and proteins
d) Vitamins and coenzymes
3) Cell processes
4) Energy metabolism
b) The pentose phosphate pathway
c) The Krebs Citric Acid Cycle or TCA Cycle
d) Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation
5) Cellular metabolism
a) Utilisation of polysaccharides
b) Glycogenesis and biosynthesis of disaccharides and polysaccharides,
c) Lipid metabolism
|Replacing Course(s)||Course replaces BIOL2010 at Ourimbah|
|Assumed Knowledge||CHEM1110, CHEM1120, HUBS1401 and HUBS1416.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
|Timetables||2015 Course Timetables for BIOL2011|