Biological Chemistry - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (50%) , Report - Prac Reports (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,931.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 2,181.00

In this unit, you will review the structures, properties and functions of classes of molecules found in living systems including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. You will also focus on enzyme structure and function, roles in metabolism and kinetic properties. While building your understanding of strategies in metabolism, reaction types, pathways of carbohydrate metabolism, lipid, protein and nucleic acid metabolism, bioenergetics, synthesis of ATP and integration and regulation of metabolism. The unit will be supported by laboratory classes that will develop practical skills in analysis of biomolecules, data analysis and scientific reporting.

Students must achieve an average pass grade (>50%) for their practical work in order to obtain an overall pass for the unit.

This unit requires you to attend an on-campus practical of five half-days in Melbourne.

Study Period 3:

  • Nov 13 - 17, 2017 - PM*

Study Period 4:

  • Feb 12 - 16, 2018 - PM*

*More details will be provided at the commencement of the relevant Study Period and available on Blackboard.

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

  1. State the key chemical components in organisms, their functions and locations and how they are made and degraded
  2. Recall the key metabolic pathways in organisms, the enzymes involved and how they are regulated
  3. Appreciate and apply this knowledge to explain how enzymes are integral to the functioning of organic systems
  4. Prepare biological materials for chemical analysis
  5. Prepare biological materials for enzyme assays
  6. Use common biochemical techniques including centrifugation, chromatography and electrophoresis
  7. Tabulate, plot and discuss experimental results and integrate them with knowledge acquired through lectures, tutorials and private study
  8. Take appropriate precautions to conform to practices in the laboratory with regard to environmental, occupational health and safety, and ethical regulations
  9. Work independently and in teams in the laboratory and in tutorial-based exercises.
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Report — Prac Reports (30%)
  • Test — Pre-Prac Test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Some on campus attendance — Practical of five half days in Melbourne

This unit addresses the following topics.

4Biochemical techniques

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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, International

    By:Cox, M & Nelson, D

    ISBN: 9781319108243


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