Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Dietetics, Human Biology, Life Sciences, Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LQB381 or LSB308

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The study of biochemistry and cell biology, along with molecular biology, provides students with the knowledge required for the proper understanding of the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. As such, this unit extends the studies begun in the unit LQB381 Biochemistry into the metabolic processes occurring in living cells, and provides students with a basis for further studies in biochemistry as well as support for other units in the third year of the course.
    Learning Outcomes
    Through the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
    1. Describe the important aspects of the chemical interconversions and molecular pathways of metabolism that are essential for the maintenance of living cells.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding and explain the central mechanisms of molecular regulation and control in normal metabolism and abnormal metabolism that leads to important metabolic diseases
    3. Analyse metabolic pathways and their regulation, as well as describe the relationships between these concepts and disease diagnosis and treatment.
    4. Be able to apply practical competency in the biochemical laboratory, demonstrate scientific writing skills through maintenance of a laboratory practical book and develop a technical understanding of health and safety procedures associated with the handling of potentially hazardous materials and equipment.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The unit is presented as 2 hours of lectures and a 2 hour practical session per week. There are weekly formative quizzes and workshops available on the unit learning management website to support the practical and theoretical program. In addition, a range of multimedia delivery platforms will run to complement the practical tasks and strengthen understanding of fundamental biochemical concepts. The practical exercises are used to develop your skills in laboratory practice, data collation, data analysis, and calculation of results, with an emphasis on the proper use of equipment used in a modern biochemistry laboratory. In addition, you will continue to be guided in the development of proper work practices consistent with maintaining a safe workplace.
    Assessment name: Laboratory/Practical
    Description: Continuous assessment based on practical work, maintenance of practical laboratory books, and practical tests. Formative and Summative.
    Relates to objectives: 2, 3 and 4.
    Weight: 30
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Throughout semester
    Assessment name: Examination (written)
    Description: (1) Progress multiple-choice question examination. (2) Final (end of semester) multiple-choice question, short-answer question and essay question summative examination.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    Weight: 55
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid/end semester
    Assessment name: Problem Solving Task
    Description: Two written problem solving tasks that evaluate quantitative and interpretive skills and competencies. Formative and summative.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2 and 3.
    Weight: 15
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Early/late semester

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