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Biological Chemistry

Undergraduate | RMI-SCB210 | 2024

Cultivate skills about structures, properties and functions of cells, tissues and organisms. Study biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, and metabolism. Reveal chemical processes in organisms. Develop technical and biochemical investigation talents

Study method
Online & on-campus
100% online
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024

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Biological Chemistry

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this course, you should be able to: 

    1. State the key chemical components in different organisms, their key functions, locations and understand how they are synthesised and degraded; recall the key metabolic pathways, the enzymes involved and how they are regulated; apply knowledge to explain how enzymes are integral to the functioning of organic systems 
    2. Prepare biological samples for chemical analyses and enzyme assays 
    3. Apply common biochemical techniques including centrifugation, chromatography, biochemical assays for analysing different biological samples and discuss experimental results using tables, plots, and interpret them using knowledge acquired through lectures, tutorials and private study 
    4. Adhere to protocols and procedures, take appropriate precautions to ensure laboratory processes are followed with regard to environmental, occupational health and safety, and ethical standards and regulations 
    5. Work independently and in teams in the laboratory and in tutorial-based exercises through practical classes and observations  

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.

Prior study

To help set you up for success before you start this subject, we suggest completing or having equivalent knowledge in:

  • RMI-SCB110-Cell Structure and Function (no longer available)


This course assumes the prior knowledge and understanding of cells and their functions at first year university level, as obtained in Cell Structure & Function or an equivalent course, or evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Additional requirements

  • Attendance requirements - Includes two full days of mandatory laboratory exercises at RMIT University, Melbourne Mandatory lab practicals are scheduled to run for this subject at the RMIT City Campus (Melbourne, Australia). SP1: 4 April - 5 April (2 full days from 9 am - 4 pm)

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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