Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces basic chemical and biochemical concepts focused on providing students with an understanding of the molecular basis of physiological processes. The unit covers the basics of carbohydrate, amino acid and lipid metabolism in the human body. The regulation of these metabolic pathways and the role of selected nutrients in metabolism will be presented.

Unit content

  • Introduction to atomic and molecular structure and chemical properties and bonding
  • Overview of functional groups in organic chemistry, the properties of water and acid/base equilibria
  • Amino acids, protein structure, and functions 
  • Enzymes, coenzymes, cofactors
  • Metabolism and Cellular Bioenergetics
  • Structure, function and metabolism of carbohydrates
  • Structure, functions and metabolism of lipids

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (5 Weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (4 Weeks )
Online Quiz20%
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1.5 hours (12 Weeks )
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (5 Weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (4 Weeks)
Online Quiz20%
Exam: closed book50%

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Fee information


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