Warning! This subjects requires on campus attendance. Refer to Special Requirements for more information.

Subject details

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

  • State the key chemical components in organisms, their functions and locations and how they are made and degraded;
  • Recall the key metabolic pathways in organisms, the enzymes involved and how they are regulated;
  • Appreciate and apply this knowledge to explain how enzymes are integral to the functioning of organic systems;
  • Prepare biological materials for chemical analysis;
  • Prepare biological materials for enzyme assays;
  • Use common biochemical techniques including centrifugation, chromatography and electrophoresis;
  • Tabulate, plot and discuss experimental results and integrate them with knowledge acquired through lectures, tutorials and private study;
  • Take appropriate precautions to conform to practices in the laboratory with regard to environmental, occupational health and safety, and ethical regulations;
  • Work independently and in teams in the laboratory and in tutorial-based exercises.
    • Biomolecules
    • Enzymes
    • Metabolism
    • Biochemical techniques

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

Special requirements

  • AttendanceDetails - Mandatory attendance at Practical classes of five half days in Melbourne - mandatory
  • OtherDetails -

    Practical of five half days in Melbourne

This subject will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and practical skills on the structural and functional components of cells, tissues and organisms (at undergraduate year level 2). It provides a study of the chemical processes taking place in organisms and the technical skills needed to investigate these processes. It introduces key concepts of biological chemistry and relates them to cell physiology, with an emphasis on structure-function relationships.

The subject aims to develop your knowledge of different aspects of biochemistry through lectures, and the application of skills and knowledge is demonstrated in practical sessions, which help develop the employability skills required in biochemical analysis in a range of industries.

The subject also develops skills related to the critical assessment of scientific data and the presentation of scientific results used in all disciplines within the sciences.

2019, Study Period 3:

  • Nov 25 - 29, 2019 12:30pm - 4:30pm

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

  • Prac Reports (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Pre-Prac Test (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

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