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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Overview

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are key biological science disciplines. The knowledge and techniques of the disciplines are applied in many biological fields and have fuelled rapid advances in medical research and biotechnology. This major will provide the springboard for students to enter careers including medical research, biotechnology, agricultural and medical support industries, education etc. This major will develop knowledge in key basic biological processes as well as more specialized areas of molecular science. In addition, an emphasis is placed on developing a foundation in practical skills required for a career as a laboratory scientist. The major will also develop skills in communication, team-work and research essential in the modern scientific workplace.

Intended learning outcomes

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major Graduates should demonstrate:

  • broad knowledge of the range of structures, functions and interactions of biologically important molecules including proteins and nucleic acids;
  • appreciation of the fundamental importance of these molecules in biological processes, biomedicine and biotechnology;
  • broad knowledge of the structure and expression of genomes in higher organisms and the technologies used to analyse and manipulate genes to discover gene function or to modify phenotype
  • awareness of the experimental and computational techniques that determine and predict protein structure and function and an understanding of the principles of protein engineering and its impact on life science and biotechnology;
  • practical and theoretical understanding of the scientific methods and research skills in modern molecular life science required to investigate the role of gene and protein expression and regulation;
  • understanding of the significance and applications of genomics and bioinformatics in biotechnology and biomedicine;
  • skills in the evaluation and synthesise of information from a wide range of sources and how to apply these to understand the international peer-reviewed scientific literature and primary research in several different disciplines;
  • effective communication of science generally and biochemical concepts specifically, both written and orally in a structured format, to professional audiences;
  • awareness of ethical issues biochemistry and molecular biology, particularly in relation to genome sequencing and genetic engineering.

Structure

50 credit points

Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.

Subject Options

All three of

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BCMB30001 Protein Structure and Function
Semester 2
12.5
BCMB30002 Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Semester 1
12.5
BCMB30010 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Science
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Plus one elective selected from

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BCMB30003 Molecular Aspects of Cell Biology
Semester 1
12.5
BCMB30004 Cell Signalling and Neurochemistry
Semester 2
12.5
BIOM30003 Biomedical Science Research Project
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
BCMB30011 Metabolism and Nutrition
Semester 1
12.5

Or one third year level subject from one of the following majors: Cell and Developmental Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Human Structure and Function, Microbiology, Infection and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plant Science, Science Informatics, Zoology.

Notes

A quota has been applied to a core subject in this major.

Last updated: 3 October 2019