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MEDI2200 – Human Cell and Molecular Biology

2020 – Session 2, Special circumstance, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group learning activities on campus for the second half-year, while keeping an online version available for those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face to face activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Russell Diefenbach
Cara Hildreth
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to BClinSc and CBMS104 or BMOL1001
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit introduces concepts which are core to biochemistry, cell and molecular biology. You will learn about the nature of chemical reactions that occur within the human body and how they are regulated. You will explore the function and the relationships between the four main biomolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids) within the human body. You will gain an understanding of the fundamental structure of the cell and how this relates to function. Examples of how these processes are altered resulting in human diseases will also be provided. You will participate in practical classes which reinforce the lecture content and provide training in basic laboratory skills.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Describe the major features of cell structure and organisation.
  • ULO2: Examine the molecular processes controlling cell structure and function
  • ULO3: Describe the role of DNA replication and repair in producing genetic variation
  • ULO4: Apply biochemical and genetic knowledge in a practical setting

General Assessment Information

Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, which is available at: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment.

Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn.

All final grades in the Bachelor of Clinical Science are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.

Students will be awarded a final grade plus a Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG). The SNG is not necessarily a summation of the individual assessment components. The final grade and SNG that are awarded reflect the corresponding grade descriptor in the Grading Policy.

To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes, attempt all assessment tasks, meet any ungraded requirements including professionalism and achieve an SNG of 50 or better.

Student Professionalism

In the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, professionalism is a key capability embedded in all our courses. As part of developing professionalism, students are expected to attend all small group interactive sessions including tutorials, as well as clinical- and laboratory-based practical sessions.

Furthermore, lectures and seminars are key learning activities that you are expected to attend throughout completion of the Bachelor of Clinical Science. While audio recordings and lecture slides may be made available following these large group sessions, it is important to recognise that such resources are a study aid - and should not be considered an alternative to lecture or seminar attendance.

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all small group interactive sessions. Students that do not meet this requirement may be deemed unable to meet expectations regarding professionalism and may be referred for disciplinary action (which may include exclusion from assessments and unit failure).

Similarly, as part of developing professionalism, students are expected to submit all work by the due date. Applications for assessment task extensions must be supported by appropriate evidence and submitted via www.ask.mq.edu.au. For further details please refer to the Special Consideration Policy available at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration.

Late Submission

All assignments which are officially received after the due date, and where no extension has been granted, will incur a deduction of 5% for the first day, and 5% for each subsequent day until 10 days. After that point, no late submissions will be accepted. Weekends and public holidays are included. For example:

Due date

Received

Days late

Deduction

Raw mark

Final mark

Friday 14th

Monday 17th

3

15%

75%

60%

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online quiz 0% No Week 3
Mid-session Exam 25% No Week 7
Final Exam 50% No University examination period
Practical exam 25% No Week 13

Online quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 4 hours
Due: Week 3
Weighting: 0%

 

Short on-line quiz covering content delivered to this point and composed of multiple choice questions

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the major features of cell structure and organisation.

Mid-session Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 25%

 

Formal exam assessing all unit content delivered to this point and will be composed of a mixture of multiple-choice and short answer questions

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the major features of cell structure and organisation.
  • Examine the molecular processes controlling cell structure and function
  • Describe the role of DNA replication and repair in producing genetic variation
  • Apply biochemical and genetic knowledge in a practical setting

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 26 hours
Due: University examination period
Weighting: 50%

 

Formal written exam using a combination of question types assessing content delivered across the session. This task is completed under examination conditions during the University examination period.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the major features of cell structure and organisation.
  • Examine the molecular processes controlling cell structure and function
  • Describe the role of DNA replication and repair in producing genetic variation
  • Apply biochemical and genetic knowledge in a practical setting

Practical exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 25%

 

Formal exam on all practical content which will be composed of a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Examine the molecular processes controlling cell structure and function
  • Describe the role of DNA replication and repair in producing genetic variation
  • Apply biochemical and genetic knowledge in a practical setting

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Lectures, 22hr; Tutorials, 12hr; Practicals, 15hr; Total, 49hrs.

  1. Technology Used

    Active participation in the learning activities throughout the unit will generally require students to have access to a tablet, laptop or similar device. Students who do not own their own laptop computer may borrow one from the university library.

  2. Required Unit Materials

    All students are required to wear closed shoes and a lab coat/gown to attend practical classes.

  3. Recommended Readings

          Unit readings for this unit are available via the iLearn and university library website.

          The prescribed textbook for this unit is

          Alberts, B. (2014) Molecular Biology of the Cell (6th Edition). Garland Science 

          Other recommended text (available at the library)

          Lodish, H. (2016) Molecular Cell Biology (8th Edition). MacMillan

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.