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Biochemical Basis of Health & Disease

BCHM 270/3.0

This course will introduce general biochemical concepts that will allow for an understanding of the biological and chemical principles underlying human physiology, health and disease. The course will provide self-paced learning and utilize evidence-based teaching principles, small group learning, peer-learning and guided-independent learning methodologies to provide an inclusive learning environment. Students will gain an enhanced appreciation of general applications of biochemistry as applied in day to day healthy life and during the disease states, diagnosis and clinical management of metabolic disorders.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

1. To apply an understanding of biochemical processes and their interactions to explain how the human body functions in health and disease.

2. To collaborate to consolidate information about an important aspect of a biochemical pathway and communicate its importance to normal cellular function.

3. To integrate biochemical concepts and their associated processes to explain the consequences of a perturbation in a particular bochemical process.

Topics

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Molecular basis of health and disease
  • Amino Acids and Proteins
  • Enzymes and Kinetics
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Nitrogen Metabolism
  • Integration of Metabolism

 

Description

BCHM 270, Biochemical Basis of Health & Disease will introduce general biochemical concepts that will allow for an understanding of the biological and chemical principles underlying human physiology, health and disease. The course will provide collaborative, self-paced learning and utilize evidence-based teaching principles, small group learning, peer-learning, peer-evaluations and guided-independent learning methodologies to provide an inclusive learning environment. Students will come out with an enhanced appreciation of general applications of biochemistry as applied in day to day healthy life and during the disease states, diagnosis and clinical management of metabolic disorders.

This introductory biochemistry online course is intended for prospective students in Nursing, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Commerce, and general science programs.

Terms

Summer 18: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 7 - July 27, 2018
Exam Dates: 
July 31 - August 3, 2018

Evaluation

Active Learning Activities35%
Presentation20%
Quizzes15%
Proctored Final Exam30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).

Final Examination

For an enhanced test-taking experience in your Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) course, your exams will be virtually proctored in the BHSc Portal using RPNow software. 

RPNow is a remote proctoring service that ensures a high standard of academic integrity and allows you to write your exam in your own workspace. In order to ensure academic integrity during your exam, you will be required to sign in with photo ID, complete a scan of your workspace, be video and audio monitored for the duration of your exam, and have all activity on your desktop captured. These recordings will then be reviewed by trained RPNow proctors for suspicious activity.

Instructor

Dr. Laura van Staalduinen (lmd2@queensu.ca) and Dr. Cynthia Pruss (prussc@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week (126 hours per term) in study/practice and online activity for BCHM 270.

Winter 2019
Course Dates: 
Jan. 7 - Apr. 5, 2019
Exam Dates: 
Apr. 11 - 27, 2019

Evaluation

 

Biotechnology: an Ethical Discussion 10%
Homework and Group Work25%
Midterms15%
Genetic Disease Written Report

20%

Final Exam

30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).

Final Examination

For an enhanced test-taking experience in your Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) course, your exams will be virtually proctored in the BHSc Portal using RPNow software. 

RPNow is a remote proctoring service that ensures a high standard of academic integrity and allows you to write your exam in your own workspace. In order to ensure academic integrity during your exam, you will be required to sign in with photo ID, complete a scan of your workspace, be video and audio monitored for the duration of your exam, and have all activity on your desktop captured. These recordings will then be reviewed by trained RPNow proctors for suspicious activity.

Instructor

Dr. Laura van Staalduinen (lmd2@queensu.ca) and Dr. Cynthia Pruss (prussc@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week (126 hours per term) in study/practice and online activity for BCHM 270.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.