BCHM222-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

BIOCHEMISTRY B - Metabolism; the reactions of molecules in cells

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

The general principles of metabolism and metabolic control.

This course aims to communicate the fundamental principles governing the energy generating pathways within the cell. The major emphasis will be on carbohydrate metabolism and mitochondrial electron transport chain. Unlike BCHM221, this course will focus on biochemical systems and the functioning of their individual components.

BCHM222 is a prerequisite for several courses in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biology and, in particular, it leads directly on to BCHM301. Students wishing to major in biochemistry must pass BCHM202, BCHM212, BCHM221, BCHM222, BCHM281 and at least one of BCHM206 and BCHM253. Those who wish to learn more – including material at the frontiers of Biochemical Research – can continue in BCHM301, BCHM381 and BCHM302.

BCHM222 runs in semester two. It counts 15 points towards a Bachelor of Science degree and is
required to major in biochemistry and preferably it is taken in conjunction with other 200-level
biochemistry, biology and chemistry courses.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:

  • Apply concepts of enzymology to evaluate how the metabolism is coordinated (assessment task: final exam).
  • Evaluate the importance of allosteric regulation for controlling metabolic flux (assessment task: final exam).
  • Compare and contrast the different levels of metabolic regulation in a cell and between different types of cells (assessment task: final exam).
  • Understand the molecular basis of metabolic diseases (assessment tasks: proposal assignment & final exam).
  • Understand the molecular details of energy generation pathways and how they are integrated within metabolism (assessment task final exam).
  • Synthesise primary scientific literature to provide necessary background and context for understanding and interpreting experimental data (assessment task: proposal assignment).

    Transferable Skills Register:
    As a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:
  • Writing a research report. This will be important for any career in research or in an NGO, where you will need to write convincing applications for increasingly-limited funding.
  • Synthesising information. In everyday life and in many job situations you will be required to read information from different sources, construct your own understanding and shape your own viewpoint. In lectures and tutorials we will discuss recent research papers in a group environment and this will develop your abilities to identify the essential elements of research outputs - you will then use in proposal and report writing.
  • Analysing data. Important for research, as well as in a number of private-sector organizations. This skill will be further developed when we assist you to analyse data we provide.
  • Writing a report on findings. Clear written communication is essential for most professional careers. We will have tutorials to provide instruction on the elements of successful reports and help you identify these elements with clear marking rubrics.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

BCHM221 or BCHM253 or BIOL253

Restrictions

BCHM201, ENCH323

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

FEEDBACK

COURSE SURVEY 2017:
Materials provided helped me to understand what was required. 4.13
The organisation of this course helped me learn 3.82
The overall workload in this course was 3.77
I found the assessments appropriate for the course. 3.96
I received helpful feedback on my progress 3.58
Overall this was a good quality course 3.85
Number of response for survey 70%

COURSE SURVEY 2015:
This was a well organised course 3.8
This course helped to stimulate my interest in the subject 4.2
The overall workload in this course was 3.7
Provided effective opportunities for active student participation was 4.2
I received helpful feedback on my progress 3.5
The assessments in this course measured my learning effectively 3.7
Overall this was a good quality course 3.8
Number of response for survey 14%

COURSE SURVEY 2012:
This was a well organised course 4.0
This course helped to stimulate my interest in the subject 3.9
The overall workload in this course was 4.0
The level of difficulty in this course was 3.7
I received helpful feedback on my progress 3.5
The assessments in this course measured my learning effectively 3.9
Overall this was a good quality course 4.0
Number of response for survey 28%

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Renwick Dobson

Lecturers

Steven Gieseg and Rachel North

Guest Lecturer

Professor Aron Fenton (University of Kansas Medical Centre)

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Dobson Assignment 20%
Gieseg Assignment 20%
Final Exam 60%

Textbooks

Required Texts

Garrett, R. , Grisham, Charles M., Sabat, Michal; Biochemistry; 4th ed; Brooks/Cole Pub Co, ;, 2010.

Course links

Learn Site

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $865.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

All BCHM222 Occurrences

  • BCHM222-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018