Fundamentals of Biology & Biochemistry

Course code BIOL2011Units 10Level 2000Faculty 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 2014

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesOn 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.
Content1) Plant cell structure & function
2) Biomolecules
a) Sugars and polysaccharides
b) Fatty acids and complex lipids
c) Amino acids and proteins
d) Vitamins and coenzymes
3) Cell processes
a) Enzymes
4) Energy metabolism
a) Glycolysis
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
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM1110, CHEM1120, HUBS1401 and HUBS1416.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Presentations - IndividualSeminar presentation
TutorialExercises will be assessed in assignments and quizzes.
Contact HoursTutorial: 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
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory Safety and Risk Assessment induction. These will generally occur in the first week of each course or prior to a placement or field trip. Students will be advised of RA and H&S requirements by the Course Coordinator at the beginning of the semester.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for BIOL2011