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Undergraduate | LTU-BCM201 | 2024

Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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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.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Start dates
27 May 2024,
25 Nov 2024,
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Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks

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Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. 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.
    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.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • LAT-HUN-DEG-2024 - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

Prior study

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:

and one of

  • LTU-DTN102 (Not currently available)

  • LTU-CHM102-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).


Prerequisites: Students must be admitted in the following course: HBFN.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed BCH2IBM (Introduction To Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.

Additional requirements

  • Software requirements - A good internet connection is required due to the online delivery.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Student feedback

10 student respondents between 20 Feb - 15 Sept 2023.

100%of students felt the study load was manageable

90%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Food and Nutrition