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BMS2021

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alfons Lawen (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Synopsis

This unit covers the biochemical principles of cellular metabolic regulation, metabolic interrelationship of tissues, biochemical events associated with the fed and fasted states, the generation of metabolic energy by oxidation of macronutrients. It discusses hormone action and the biochemical basis of diseases and gives an overview of tissue metabolism. It covers the biochemical mechanism of cell growth, differentiation and death. It gives an introduction to molecular medicine based on the specialised tissue metabolism of blood and brain cells.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:
a. discuss how energy and nutrients are supplied to mammalian cells and how metabolism is regulated and integrated.
b. discuss the mechanisms by which cells communicate to coordinate metabolism, cell growth, differentiation and cell death.
c. describe the mechanisms by which precursor cells differentiate into mature cells.
d. explain the biochemical basis of selected diseases
e. demonstrate an ability to present, analyse and interpret data from biochemical/cell biological experiments clearly and concisely in oral and written form.
f. demonstrate the ability to work in a team.

Assessment

End-of-year-exam (short answer questions only): 55%
Continuous Small Group Teaching and Learning Session performance: 30%
On-line quizzes: 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 lectures per week and 3 hours practical or equivalent

Prerequisites

Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in one of the following:
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours
+ Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Prohibitions

BCH2022, BND2021

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