Unit description

Provides an overview of general biochemistry to enable students to understand the overall role of chemical reactions in biological systems and biochemical aspects of human disease. Covers basic chemical organisation of the body, bioenergetics, selected metabolic pathways, and methods of separation and characterisation of molecules of biological interest.

Unit content

Review of organic functional groups and cellular structure and function; properties of water - Amino acids, protein structure and metabolism - Enzymes, coenzymes, reaction kinetics - Metabolism and bioenergetics - Carbohydrates: structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism - Nucleic acids and protein synthesis - Lipids: chemistry, biological roles and metabolism - Principles of Pharmacology and bioactive substances

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 1

  • McMurry, J, Ballantine, DS, Hoeger, CA & Peterson, VE , 2013, Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edn, Pearson Education Inc, USA.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (8 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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