|Duration||1 semester (14 teaching weeks)|
|Level||Year 1, Semester 1|
|Unit Weighting||Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
|Student Workload||Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
|Description||This unit introduces the student to biochemistry and histology. Biochemistry provides students with an understanding of biochemical reactions in the human body. This includes the structures and functions of proteins and enzymes, the bioenergetics and metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids, and the metabolism of proteins, amino acids and nucleic acids. The role of minerals and vitamins is examined, and the function of hormones in extracellular and intracellular communication. The structure of the genetic code, the mechanisms of gene expression and regulation, gene replication and repair are also examined.
Students will also study basic microscopic anatomy and are introduced to histology and the structure and function of tissues, glands and membranes. The cell and tissue characteristics of cartilage and bone, the blood, the respiratory system, circulation system, digestive system, nervous system, reproductive system, and urinary system are studied and examined.
|Learning outcomes||Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:
|Unit requirement||To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes; attempt all assessment tasks including summative and formative assessments and achieve at least 50% of the total marks; and achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination.|
|Assessment||Assessment 1: Biochemistry Quiz (15%)
Assessment 2: Histology Quiz (20%)
Assessment 3A: Biochemistry Final examination (25%)
Assessment 3B: Histology Final Examination (40%)
|Prescribed text||* The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.
Nelson, D.L., & Cox, M.M. (2017). Lehninger principles of biochemistry (7th ed.). New York: W.H. Freeman and Company.
Ovalle, William K (2013). Netter’s essential histology (2nd). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Saunders.
|Recommended readings||Burns, E. R. (2007). In Burns E. R., Cave M. D. (Eds.), Histology and cell biology (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, Pa.: Mosby.
Tortora, G. J. & Nielsen, M. T. (2012). Principles of human anatomy (12th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.