Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Study cells up close to learn how they are made up, function and convert food into energy to sustain life. Discover why protein is critical to a cell’s structure and performance, and how it helps to regulate the body’s tissues and vital organs.
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- 29 May 2023
- 27 Nov 2023
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Upon successful completion of this subject you should be able to:
Use the basic vocabulary of biochemistry and molecular biology to describe the structures and functions of biological macromolecules, in order to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the concepts underlying structure-function relationships that affect cellular processes in health and disease.
Apply biochemical and molecular biology techniques, principles and methodologies in addressing research problems.
Prepare scientific reports that present coherent, concise and evidence-based explanations to communicate to peers, using a variety of presentation modes.
Compute basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphical representations of information, to aid in the interpretation of biochemical data consistent with scientific standards.
Demonstrate independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant and reliable scientific information.
Participate as an effective team member and collaborate on selected learning exercises.
- • Introduction to Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- • DNA Structure & Function
- • Proteins and Enzymes
- • Bioenergetics
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
one ofand one of
- LTU-CHM102-Applied Food Chemistry
- LTU-DTN102-Applied Food Chemistry (No longer available)
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed BCH2IBM (Introduction To Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
- Other requirements - This subject is available through Open Universities Australia (OUA) and the course is restricted for enrolment. Single subject enrolments for restricted subjects are not available at OUA, please see https://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/apply/pathways/single-subject-entry for further information. Students who successfully complete two from the four open enrolment subjects (HBS101, DTN101, CHM101, PHE102) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. You must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition to be eligible to enrol in all other non-open access subjects offered in the degree.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is concerned with the function of biological systems at the molecular level. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 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 gene structure and function, DNA replication, transcription and translation; molecular biology; protein structure and its relationship to protein function and enzyme kinetics. Students will investigate a typical biochemistry technique and conduct research on a specific protein.
- Group-based video presentation (per student approx. 7.5 min - equivalent to 700 words) (20%)
- 4 x Mastery Quizzes (7.5% each, total 1600 words equivalent) (30%)
- 2 x Mini quizzes (5% each, total 400 words equivalent) (10%)
- Written scientific report (1200 words) (40%)
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