Metabolic Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Study the structure and role of living cells to understand the biological processes that give and sustain life. Learn how the composition of cells can change and cause disease, and how proteins and DNA interact to create health benefits.
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- 30 Nov 2020
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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
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:
LTU-BCM201-Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and LTU-DTN102-Applied Food Chemistry and LTU-HBS101-Introduction to Human Physiology and MUR-SCI18-Fundamentals of Chemistry, or LTU-CHM101-Essentials of Chemistry ;
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)
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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%)