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, protein and lipid metabolism, the role of enzymes and the effects of exercise on these metabolic pathways and gene expression.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to atomic and molecular structure and chemical properties
Topic 2: Overview of functional groups in organic chemistry and the properties of water
Topic 3: Amino acids, protein structure, functions and biosynthesis
Topic 4: Enzymes, coenzymes, and reaction kinetics
Topic 5: Structure, function and metabolism of carbohydrates
Topic 6: Structure, functions and metabolism of lipids
Topic 7: Metabolism, bioenergetics and the ATP cycle
Topic 8: Other molecules essential to human systems: nucleic acids, minerals and vitamins
Topic 9: The role of inflammation in muscle cell metabolism and adaptations due to exercise

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

  • I strongly recommend that you invest in a copy of this text. It is really straightforward and accessible. Weekly readings are based on this book: Mougios, V, 2006, Exercise Biochemistry, Human Kinetics, Illinois, USA. ISBN: 13:9780736056380.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (3 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (9 weeks)
Project report60%

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Fee information


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