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Associate Professor Heather Verkade
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In this subject, students will learn about the current advances in molecular science fields encompassed by the disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology. Students will critique cutting edge research in depth, delving into the experimental evidence underpinning our understanding of the molecular world. The topics to be examined include regulation of gene expression, gene function and genomic manipulation protein behaviour in cellular applications, the dynamics of the living cell, and metabolic adaptation.
Through written and oral tasks, students will become proficient in interpreting and synthesizing scientific knowledge and presenting conclusions, as well as writing critiques and recommendations for a range of audiences including, public organisations, industry and the general public.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify the processes that are required for scientific experimentation to be valid, rigorous, and ethical
- Explain the experimental processes by which biochemical and molecular evidence is gained, verified, interpreted and represented
- Interpret scientific information from key examples in the different areas of biochemistry and molecular biology: gene expression regulation, cellular function of genes and proteins, protein structure and protein-protein interactions in processes such as cellular signalling, sub-cellular organisation such as trafficking between organelles and cellular dynamics, metabolic adaptation
- Analyse and synthesise published scientific findings and present explanation and critique in both written and oral modes and for a range of audiences
- Work in a group to present a critique of a published article
- Critical thinking and critical judgement skills
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
- Data interpretation and analysis: Be able to synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form
- The ability to work collaboratively with others to accomplish common goals
- An appreciation of how modern science can be critiqued/evaluated
Last updated: 24 January 2023