Metabolic Biochemistry and Cell Biology - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Exercises - 4 x Module Exercises (10% ea) (40%) , Quizzes - 4 x 30 min quizzes (10% ea) (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

Biochemistry is concerned with the function of biological systems at the molecular level. It is central to most studies in biology and life sciences and is directly related to biomedical research and biotechnology. In this subject, students are introduced to cell biology and cell metabolism, building on the concepts developed in BCM201 (Introduction to Biochemistry & Molecular Biology).

Students study the generation of energy in cells through the oxidation of carbohydrates and lipids; the formation of ATP, the energy currency of cells; lipids, cellular membranes and compartmentation; and the signalling processes that co-ordinate and regulate cellular activity. The practical exercises illustrate some basic experimental and data analysis skills and reinforce concepts in metabolism and cell biology.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Use the basic vocabulary of biochemistry and molecular biology to describe the generation of cellular energy in the form of ATP from the oxidation of various fuels, and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts of cellular metabolism, compartmentation, cell signalling pathways and other aspects of cell biology
  2. Apply biochemical and molecular biology techniques, principles and methodologies in addressing research problems
  3. Prepare scientific reports that present coherent, concise and evidence-based explanations to communicate to peers, using a variety of presentation modes
  4. Compute basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphical representations of information, to aid in the interpretation of biochemical data consistent with scientific standards
  5. Demonstrate independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant and reliable scientific information
  6. Participate as an effective team member and collaborate on selected learning exercises.
  • Exercises — 4 x Module Exercises (10% ea) (40%)
  • Quizzes — 4 x 30 min quizzes (10% ea) (40%)
  • Research Assignment — Written Exercise (800 words) (20%)

Mandatory prerequisites

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Mandatory conditional prerequisites

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Energy Metabolism
2Lipid Metabolism & Membranes
3Integration of Metabolism / Signalling
4Molecular Cell Biology

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry

    By:David L Nelson

    ISBN: 9781429234146


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