The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

BIOL2011

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

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 laboratory skills.


Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain and describe the cellular structure and function of animal and plant cells;

2. Use practical skills developed in the laboratory to explain key biochemistry concepts;

3. Apply relevant laboratory skills: including equipment use, lab procedures and problem solving;

4. Recognise the diversity of biomolecules, and describe their metabolic and structural roles in cellular function;

5. Delineate the sources of energy for cells, and describe how cells utilise this chemical energy for growth and maintenance;

6. Define how chemical reactions are mediated, integrated and regulated in the cell.


Content

1. Animal and plant cell structure and function 

  • Cellular processes 
  • Enzyme regulation and kinetics 
  • Vitamins and coenzymes 

2. Biomolecules 

  • Sugars and polysaccharides
  • Fatty acids and complex lipids 
  • Amino acids and proteins 
  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids

3. Metabolism 

  • Anaerobic carbohydrate metabolism
  • Glycolysis/Glycogenolysis
  • The pentose phosphate pathway
  • Gluconeogenesis/Glycogenesis
  • Aerobic carbohydrate metabolism
  • The Krebs Citric Acid Cycle or TCA Cycle
  • Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Biosynthesis and B-oxidation of fatty acids.

Requisite

This course has similarities to BIOL2010. If you have successfully completed BIOL2010 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

CHEM1110, CHEM1120, HUBS1401 and HUBS1416.


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises - assignment 1

Formal Examination: Formal examination

Report: Laboratory Experiments and reports

Presentation: Presentation, Individual (Oral)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises - assignment 2


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the scheduled laboratories in order to pass the course. Induction Requirement – Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. 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 placement or field trip. Students will be advised of RA and H&S requirements by the Course Coordinator at the beginning of the semester.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - 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.

Contact hours

Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminars will be incorporated into laboratory sessions.

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term