Subject details

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

  • 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;
  • 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.
    • Energy Metabolism
    • Lipid Metabolism & Membranes
    • Integration of Metabolism / Signalling
    • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Study guide
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

LTU-DTN102-Applied Food Chemistry
LTU-HBS101-Introduction to Human Physiology
MUR-SCI18-Fundamentals of Chemistry , or LTU-CHM101-Essentials of Chemistry

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:

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)


Bachelor of Food and Nutrition students can undertake this subject if they have been enrolled in the prerequisite subject/s DTN102, CHM101 and HBS101 in the previous study period. However if the prerequisite subject/s is failed you will automatically be removed from this subject. Contact an Open Universities Australia student advisor for more information.

Special requirements

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    This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

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.

  • 4 x 30 min quizzes (10% ea) (40%)
  • 4 x Module Exercises (10% ea) (40%)
  • Written Exercise (800 words) (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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