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140cp at 1000 level or above including [(CBMS104 or BMOL1001) and (MEDI219 or MEDI2200)] or [(CBMS107 or CHEM1001) and (BIOL206 or BIOL2110) and (CBMS202 or BMOL2401) and (MEDI2201)]
This unit represents the final unit in the Biochemistry stream of units within the Bachelor of Clinical Science. Key concepts in genetics, cell biology and biochemistry, which are fundamental to our understanding of human biology, diseases and medicine are examined. You will learn about signal transduction, cytoskeletal dynamics, mitochondrial dysfunction, protein metabolism, stem cells and molecular targeted therapies. You will explore cellular pathways and processes involved in cellular homeostasis, and perturbations and defects that lead to disease (e.g. cancer and neurodegenerative disorders). You will participate in practical classes that complement the lecture series and allow you to consolidate and apply conceptual elements to help shape your understanding. You will be required to use laboratory techniques including analysis of signalling cascades, and microscopy.
Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading are contained in 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.
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 final grade of 50 or better.
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 expected to attend a minimum of 80% of all small group interactive sessions. If you are unable to attend a small group activity, please refer to the iLearn site regarding further action.
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 submissions will receive a 5% per day penalty including weekends and public holidays. If you submit the assessment task 10 days or more beyond the due date, without an approved extension, you will be awarded a maximum of 50% of the overall assessment marks. For example:
|Ongoing Weekly Quizzes||15%||No||Ongoing|
|Laboratory Report and Assignments||35%||No||Week 7, 9, 13|
|Final examination||50%||No||Exam period|
Weekly multiple choice and short answer quizzes to assess lecture content.
A three part assessment that includes (1) the group submission of a short scientific report that contextualises the experimental observations and results acquired during practical classes; (2) submission of an individual bioinformatics assignment; and (3) submission of an individual laboratory report that documents accurately and comprehensively all work undertaken within the practical classes.
The final exam will be composed of a mixture of questions that include MCQs, short and long answer questions. All content will be assessed.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
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.
Required Unit Materials
All students are required to wear closed shoes and a lab coat/gown to attend practical classes.
Unit readings for this unit are available via the iLearn and university library website.
The prescribed textbook for this unit is
Lodish, H (2021) Molecular Cell Biology (9th Edition) Macmillan Learning OR
Alberts, B. (2014) Molecular Biology of the Cell (6th Edition). Garland Science
Other recommended texts (available at the library)
|Week||Lecture Topic||Delivered by||Tutorial||Practical||Assessment|
|1||Overview, Cell Signaling Basics, Techniques in biology||Albert Lee/iLearn||Tutorial 1 (Stream A)||Practical 1 (Stream B)||Online Quiz|
|2||Genetics, Genomics and Genetic Therapies||Jenn Fifita||Tutorial 1 (Stream B)||Practical 1 (Stream A)||Online Quiz|
|3||Cell Cycle dysregulation in cancer||Lucinda McRobb||Tutorial 2 (Stream A)||Practical 2 (Stream B)||Online Quiz|
|4||DNA damage and repair||Lucinda McRobb||Tutorial 2 (Stream B)||Practical 2 (Stream A)||Online Quiz|
|5||Signaling pathways in health and disease||Esther Lim||Tutorial 3 (Stream A)||Practical 3 (Stream B)||Online Quiz|
|6||Apoptosis and Necrosis Cell survival pathways (UPS and autophagy)||Albert Lee/Shu Yang||Tutorial 3 (Stream B)||Practical 3 (Stream A)||Online Quiz|
|7||Transcription regulation, RNA processing and Transcriptomics in human disease||Albert Lee||Tutorial 4 (Stream A)||Practical 4 (Stream B)||Online Quiz & Bioinformatics Assignment|
|8||Protein Metabolism and Proteomics||Albert Lee||Tutorial 4 (Stream B)||Practical 4 (Stream A)|
|9||Mitochondrial dysfunction and antioxidant therapies||Albert Lee||Tutorial 5 (Stream A)||Practical 5 (Stream B)||Group Lab Report|
|10||Transgenic animals||Marco Morsch||Tutorial 5 (Stream B)||Practical 5 (Stream A)|
|11||Neuroprotection and Microglia Stem Cells and Regeneration Therapies||Roger Chung||Tutorial 6 (Stream A)||Practical 6 (Stream B)|
|12||Translating basic discoveries to pharma and clinic||Albert Lee||Tutorial 6 (Stream B)||Practical 6 (Stream A)|
|13||Revision||Albert Lee||Revision||Lab book|
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Unit information based on version 2022.02 of the Handbook