BIOMO101-23B (HAM)

Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology - Mātai Pūtau a Mātai Rāpoi Ngota Koiora

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The University of Waikato
Academic Divisions
Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Biomedical, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: klaus.reiter@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.

He whakataki tenei pepa i nga aria pokapu o te Matai Putau, Matai Rapoi hoki, tae atu ana ki te ngota koiora o reira me nga hatepe o te pitau ira o roto o te iranga tuku iho me te kuneroa ahu ake.

Please note: the order of content may differ between this document and what is delivered. Once the semester any changes will be posted to Moodle.

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How this paper will be taught

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This course utilises a mixture of teaching modes but requires students to be on campus at least once a week as well as for in-class tests.

Lectures

  • There are three lectures per week for this paper.
  • Lectures are delivered in person as well as recorded for those that cannot attend class or wish to use the recordings for study.
  • Copies of the lecture notes and recordings are made available on Moodle.

Laboratories

  • Students must attend ONE lab class a week for this paper; that class will be the same stream each week.
  • Lab sign-up will be on Moodle and will be available to students one week prior to classes commencing. Space in the labs is limited so students should sign up as soon as possible to select their preferred lab stream.
  • Labs start in the second week of the trimester.
  • The lab is assessed through pre-labs (to be completed by Monday 1 pm each week before labs commence) as well as in-class performance and understanding.

Tutorials

  • There is one optional tutorial for this paper
  • This is a place for students to work on class work or get help as needed
  • If requested extra tutorials can be facilitated by graduate students

Moodle

  • This online learning platform is used extensively and students should be checking Moodle regularly.
  • Moodle will be used for online quizzes, assignment submissions, as well as sharing of information (announcements, course notes, lecture videos).
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Required Readings

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For all first year biology papers (BIOEB101, BIOEB102 and BIOMO101) the recommended textbook is Campbell Biology (11th edition), by J.B. Reece et al. (2018), pub. Pearson. The 10th edition (eds. J.B.Reece et al., 2015) and the 9th edition (eds. J.B.Reece et al., 2011) are also suitable and can be found second hand.


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You will need to have

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For the labs, students will need

  • laboratory manual - which can be downloaded from Moodle or purchased through the media center: https://uow.mediacentre.co.nz/
  • labcoat - can be purchased from multiple places including https://ubiq.co.nz/t/category/course-equipment/science-equipment
  • covered shoes
  • stationery - pens, pencil, basic scientific calculator
  • safety glasses - these are available for use in class but it is recommended that science majors purchase their own personal pair (any hardware shop, health and safety shop, or the same link as the lab coat).
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the amino acids to explain properties of enzymes and biochemical pathways
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  • Compare enzyme substrates, transition states, inhibitors and common drugs
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  • Compare typical and atypical cellular processes to explain features of health and disease
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  • Demonstrate academic integrity in a scientific context
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  • Describe and illustrate the basic building blocks of biological macromolecules (e.g. amino acids)
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  • Illustrate the organisation and regulation of genetic material
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  • Perform common mathematical functions inlcluding concentration calculations and unit conversions
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  • Review and discuss cultural, ethical and social implications of genetic and biomedical information
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  • Use information learned and undertake research to communicate enzyme-drug reactions through both written and oral media
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes in the dates will be made in consultation with the class, at least one week prior to the original date.


Your overall paper grade will follow the standardised University grading scheme: A+ 90-100%, A 85-89%, A- 80-84%, B+ 75-79%, B 70-74%, B- 65-69%, C+ 60-64%, C 55-59%, C- 50-54%; D 40-49%, E 0-39%. A pass grade (C-) for this paper implies that a student has a minimal acceptable level of competency in the learning outcomes listed above.
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
7 Aug 2023
9:00 AM
13
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Test 2
25 Sep 2023
9:00 AM
13
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Test 3
17 Oct 2023
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Labs
28
  • Hand-in: In Lab
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Quizzes
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Poster - draft
3 Sep 2023
5:00 PM
3
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Poster - final submission
15 Sep 2023
5:00 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Poster - presentation
5
  • Hand-in: In Lab
  • Presentation: In Lab
9. Lab practical exam
2 Oct 2023
No set time
5
  • Hand-in: In Lab
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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