|Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in||ALL|
|Offer in 2023 - 2024||Y N|
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|BIOC1600 Perspectives in biochemistry (6 credits)||Academic Year||2023|
|Offering Department||Biomedical Sciences||Quota||---|
|Course Co-ordinator||Prof J Tanner, Biomedical Sciences < email@example.com >|
(Dr B C W Wong,Biomedical Sciences)
(Dr B H B Yuen,Biomedical Sciences)
(Dr. J W Y Ho,Biomedical Sciences)
(Dr. M S Y Huen,Biomedical Sciences)
(Dr. Y S Chan,Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
(Prof J Tanner,Biomedical Sciences)
[This is a certified Communication-intensive (CI) Course which meets all of the requirements endorsed by HKU's Senate, including (i) the teaching and assessment of written and visual communication 'literacies'; and (ii) at least 40% of the course grade assigned to communication-rich assessment tasks.]
- Teach students a biochemical perspective on each of the Basic Sciences focusing on concepts fundamental to the learning of Biochemistry.
- Promote deep learning of course material through an integrated programme of practical and collaborative tasks.
- Inspire students with a view of the great discoveries and future challenges for Biochemistry.
- Help students make the transition from school to university by developing their teamwork, independent study skills and confidence to communicate within a Biochemistry learning environment.
|Course Contents & Topics||
A Biochemical Perspective on the Basic Sciences
A. Chemistry for Biochemistry
The elements and bonding (from carbon to Coenzyme A); Resonance and orbital theory (a focus on the electron); Structure and conformation (thinking in 3 dimensions); Isomerism (from mirrors to thalidomide); Water (the universal biochemical solvent) & buffer; Quantitation in chemistry (who was Avogadro anyway?).
B. Biology for Biochemistry
The basic building blocks of life (proteins, DNA, lipids, carbohydrate); The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology; Evolution (considering molecular evolution); Origins of life (the chicken-egg paradox of proteins and DNA)
C. Physics and Mathematics for Biochemistry
Thermodynamics from a Biological Perspective; Introduction to molecular recognition and binding (DNA melting); Statistics for biochemistry (applied statistics for what you really need to know); Thinking numbers (exponentials, logs and the limits of life).
D. Inspiring Biochemistry
The protein; The gene; Vitamins and disease; Synthetic biology; The challenges of modern-day genetics Drugs-successes and failures.
|Course Learning Outcomes||
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
(and Co-requisites and
Level 3 or above in HKDSE Biology, Chemistry, or Combined Science with Biology or Chemistry component, or equivalent
Not for students who have passed in BIOL1110, or have already enrolled in this course
|Course Status with Related Major/Minor /Professional Core||
2023 Major in Biochemistry
2023 Minor in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2022 Major in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2022 Minor in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2021 Major in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2021 Minor in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2020 Major in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2020 Minor in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2019 Major in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2019 Minor in Biochemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
|Course to PLO Mapping||
2023 Major in Biochemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4,5 >
2022 Major in Biochemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4,5 >
2021 Major in Biochemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4,5 >
2020 Major in Biochemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4,5 >
2019 Major in Biochemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4,5 >
|Offer in 2023 - 2024||Y 1st sem||Examination||Dec|
|Offer in 2024 - 2025||Y|
|Course Grade||A+ to F|
|Course Type||Lecture-based course|
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