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TV1102 - Cell Biology and Biochemistry for Veterinary Science and Agriculture

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

Introduction to the basic principles of cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and immunology. The biochemical processes involved in agricultural plant productivity and animal metabolism are covered from an energy perspective. The importance of microbes in biotechnology and disease is highlighted in addition to the importance of mechanisms of resistance to infectious diseases in both agriculturally-important plants and domesticated animals.

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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 2 - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Participate in and complete at least 7 of the 8 practical classes. Students must obtain at least 50% in the practical assessment component. Complete all three quizzes If you do not complete the quizzes, you cannot pass the subject. Quiz 1 is weighted 0%, but is still a compulsory hurdle assessment. Attend the final exam (50% weighting) and achieve a score of at least 50%. Achieve a total aggregate score of 50% or more across all assessment items



Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Lionel Hebbard, Dr Sacha Jensen
Lecturers: Mr Ray Layton, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan, Dr Alanna Sorenson, Mrs Kelly Whyte, Miss Jessica Watt, Dr Hillary Vanderven, Dr Sacha Jensen, Ms Michelle Rothwell, Mr Paul Nilon, Mrs Helen Morris.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 38 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 16 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.