BMOL1001 is a 10-credit-point, one semester unit, comprising:
- Lectures: two one-hour lectures a week.
- Workshop: four two-hour workshops (enrol into one of six sessions available). Bring your own laptop (labcoats are not required).
- Self-Study: there is an expectation that you will also engage in study of the material outside of the formal face-to-face contact.
In order to complete (and do well) in this unit you must:
- Participate in all workshop sessions and submit workshop reports by the specified dates. To pass the unit, you must participate in at least 3 out of 4 workshops (unless special consideration is approved).
- Attempt the 4 short quizzes held at the end of each workshop.
- Submit Part A and Part B of the written assignment.
- Attempt the mid-session test (50 minutes), held during a standard lecture time.
- Sit the final examination of (2 hours), held during the examination period.
An unsatisfactory performance in the final examination or the written assignments (including workshop reports) may result in a fail grade being given, regardless of your overall aggregate score.
BMOL1001 Unit Web Site
The web page for BMOL1001 can be found at ilearn.mq.edu.au. The BMOL1001 iLearn web site is your primary source of data and information for this unit and will be used as a repository of lectures and workshop materials, and as a means of communication. Login to iLearn and follow the prompts to BMOL1001. You will be asked for a username and password. Your User Name is your Macquarie Student ID Number, which is an 8-digit number found on your Campus Card. The password is your myMQ Student Portal password. If you have any problems with iLearn log a ticket with OneHelp at onehelp.mq.edu.au. More information about OneHelp can be found at http://informatics.mq.edu.au/help/.
Announcements on ilearn are also emailed to your student email account. It is your responsibility to ensure your settings in iLearn are active to receive all announcements.
For GAMSAT preparation and chemistry background covered in this unit, the following text is recommended.
Alternatively, most first year Chemistry text books should be suitable. It is also highly recommended that students have access to a Biochemistry text and we recommend the following text.
- Fundamentals of Biochemistry: Life at the Molecular Level, 5th Edition by Donald Voet, Judith G. Voet, Charlotte W. Pratt, Wiley. Electronic access: eBook ($65): from http://www.wileydirect.com.au/ - case studies and exercises are on WileyPLUS.
The texts can be purchased via online bookshops such as Booktopia, Amazon or as listed above. A few copies of the prescribed text are available in the library.
- Lecture Recordings: Lectures will either be a recording of the lecture or a new recording that will be pre-recorded (not live) and made available. In most cases, lectures will be available at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled lecture time. Enzymes 1 and 2 lecture recordings will not be provided in advance and the lectures takes place at the schedule time via zoom.
- Live support: Your lecturer will be available ‘live’ via zoom during their timetabled lecture hour to engage with you in real-time. Please check the discussion thread for details of how and when to engage with your lecturer and for zoom links.
- Asking Questions: There is a discussion thread for every lecture for you to ask questions and engage with the lecturer. Please post your questions in the appropriate discussion thread.
As content for this unit does not closely follow a text, it is strongly advised that you listen to ALL lectures. Students who do not attend all lectures often find it difficult to pass the Unit. It is expected that students have completed HSC Chemistry (or an equivalent bridging course). Some basic knowledge for how to perform chemistry calculations is expected.
Workshops: Workshops give you an opportunity to work with your peers to put your knowledge of biomolecules learnt from the lectures into practice. One aim of the workshops is to give you an understanding of the chemical structure and the importance of the four major biomolecules in our body and their relation to how we function/live, process food and their involvement in disease. You will also review basic chemical calculations and solve problems in the workshops. Additional revision material (ie HSC chemistry level) will be provided to you via ilearn to help you prepare for the workshops.
Each workshop will begin with a short introduction and expected outcomes. You will then work through an online based workshop in small groups and perform short activities that require an individual online response. At the end (or beginning) of the workshop, a 'GAMSAT' style quiz will be done. You must attend the 2 hour workshop to participate in the quiz.
Technology Used: We expect all students to own a laptop and this must be bought to the workshop sessions. You are expected to have access to the ilearn site and be able to download PDF files on your laptop. If you do not have your own laptop, then please advise teaching staff on this unit PRIOR to the workshop sessions. A laptop will be provided to you to use during the workshop session if you have notified the staff in advance. Acrobat Reader can be used to view lecture material and can be downloaded from the Adobe at get.adobe.com/reader/.
Communication: All communication will be given via the iLearn site. Alerts for new announcements will also be sent to your student email account (unless you turn this feature off which is NOT recommended). It is your responsibility to check the ilearn site and your email account on a frequent basis. It is not uncommon for mail from iLearn to be initially recognised as spam. All unit-related correspondence must be conducted using your official university account.
E-mails sent to teaching staff from your private email accounts will be IGNORED. Additional learning resources: will be provided to support students without HSC chemistry or those struggling with general chemistry concepts. Details of these resources will be given on the ilearn site.
Additional learning resources/ Self Directed Learning & Study: You are expected to spend some time in reading a relevant textbook and other sources of information on fundamental chemistry and biochemistry, to review lecture material, and to self-assess your degree of understanding. An approximate estimate of the time commitment for a 10 credit point undergraduate unit of study such as BMOL1001 is 150 hours over 15 weeks (including the break) ~10 hours per week. This includes contact and non-contact hours. Some students (especially students who do not have HSC chemistry) may find that they need to devote more time than this. We will provide some additional material on ilearn to help students without HSC chemistry or those requiring the review of general chemistry concepts. Details of these resources will be given on the ilearn site and can help you with your preparation for the workshops.