Biomolecules and Life Processes

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biomolecules and Life Processes

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    The composition and function of biomolecules in the cell and the body is important in understanding the relationships between health and disease. This unit introduces foundational knowledge and skills relevant to understanding the fundamental bioelements, their structural organisation in biological molecules and their functional roles in the central life processes of cells, organs and tissues.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit, you will be able to:
    1. Describe the general characteristics of the molecular structures of the bioelements and their organisation in biomolecules, and apply this fundamental understanding to principles of molecular bonding and reactions in living systems.
    2. Apply a sound comprehension of the general principles of biomolecular structure and function to solve problems relevant to human biology in health and disease.
    3. Demonstrate basic competency in laboratory experimentation and scientific communication skills through the recording, analysis and interpretation of experimental results.
    4. Apply standard health and safety practices in the laboratory and demonstrate awareness of potential risks and hazards.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The unit consists of 2 hours of lectures each week and either a 2 hour tutorial learning session or a 2 hour practical session each week. Lectures cover the concepts and principles detailed in the units learning content. Tutorials apply and reinforce the conceptual learning through the development of competency-based and problem solving skills. The practical sessions of the unit aim to develop your basic laboratory skills, as well as reinforce the basic principles discussed in the lecture material. Self-directed and formative learning will be encouraged through access to on-line resources, including multiple-choice and workshop questions specially designed to assist you to bridge the gap between theory, practical experiment and scientific problem solving.

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