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BM1000 - Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Introduction to the foundational principles of biochemistry including molecular aspects of cell structure and function, the major molecular components of living systems, their synthesis and interconversion. This is addressed principally from a mammalian perspective. Introduction to the microbial world including highlights in the structure of cells and their functioning which have significant implications for biotechnology, disease processes and the control of organisms. Mechanisms of resistance to infectious diseases in animals and plants.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the acquisition of fundamental scientific knowledge of; cellular structures, cellular reproduction and genetics; cellular metabolism, transport and motility; microbial function and communication; innate and adaptive immune system function and its role in infection and disease;
  • Further develop and demonstrate basic laboratory skills in the manipulation and analysis of cells and biomolecules;
  • Collect, record, interpret and draw conclusions from scientific data;
  • Generate data and statistics from experimental procedures. Analyse scientific evidence and have the ability to draw logical conclusions;
  • Work both independently and cooperatively within an undergraduate university environment.
Prerequisites: CH1020 or Senior Chemistry
CH2010 TV1102


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Margaret Reilly, Assoc. Professor Lionel Hebbard, Dr Miriam Wankell, Professor Estelle Venter
Lecturers: Mr Ray Layton, Empro Joseph Holtum, Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan, Miss Lou Costanzo, Professor Alan Baxter, Dr Helma Antony, Dr Elecia Johnston, Miss Brittany Dewdney, Assoc. Professor Lionel Hebbard, Dr Miriam Wankell.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 38 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Participate in and complete the assessment tasks in the practical classes. A student cannot pass this subject unless at least 6 practical sessions have been attended and passed. Attend the final exam and achieve a score of at least 35%. Achieve an total aggregate score of 50% or more across all assessment items.

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