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BC3202 - Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject covers a broad range of state-of-the art laboratory techniques used in biochemistry and molecular biology research laboratories through both lectures and laboratory experience. Lectures will cover the use of modern techniques used in biochemistry and molecular biology and experimental design. Students will be required to complete a 20 hours of lab work or tutorials to expose them to modern research relevant molecular and proteins techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  • review scientific publications in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology and communicate this is oral and written formats;
  • develop laboratory skills and critical thinking in the manipulation and analysis of cells and cellular biomolecules in a research practical or tutorial;
  • source, synthesise and evaluate reliable scientific information with independence;
  • integrate knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology of diverse cellular processes into knowledge of basic cellular functions that drive life in mammals, bacteria, and invertebrates.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (60%) - Individual.
BC3101 and BC3102 strongly recommended
Prerequisites: BC2013 AND BC2023 AND BC2024
BC5202 GG3202


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Sacha Jensen
Lecturers: Dr Alanna Sorenson, Dr Margaret Jordan, Professor Ludwig Lopata, Assoc. Professor Lionel Hebbard, Dr Craig McFarlane, Dr Sacha Jensen, Assoc. Professor Ulf Schmitz, Dr Ira Cooke.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours online activity
  • 72 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.