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 contentReview 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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Describe the organisation of living systems with emphasis on the chemistry of human physiological processes.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Describe the physical and chemical characteristics of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Relate the chemical and structural characteristics of nucleic acids, protein, carbohydrate, and lipid molecules to their biochemical functions.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Discuss the kinetic and thermodynamic significance of protein enzyme catalysed reactions in living systems.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Describe and discuss the significance of glycolysis, the pentose phosphate pathway, gluconeogenesis, Krebs cycle, fatty acid synthesis and beta oxidation, in terms of intermediary metabolism and bioenergetics.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||Use laboratory equipment, methods and techniques to separate, purify and characterise the biochemistry of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.||Intellectual rigour|
- McMurry, J, Ballantine, DS, Hoeger, CA & Peterson, VE , 2013, Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edn, Pearson Education Inc, USA.
Teaching and assessment
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