Provides an overview of general biochemistry to enable students to understand the role of chemical reactions in biological systems and the biochemical aspects of human disease. Covers basic biochemical organization and processes of the body, bioenergetics, selected metabolic pathways, and methods of separation and characterisation of molecules of biological interest.
- Review of organic functional groups, cellular structure and function, and properties of water
- Amino acids and protein structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
- Enzymes, coenzymes, reaction kinetics
- Metabolism and bioenergetics: Krebs cycle, electron transport chain and ATP synthesis
- Carbohydrates: structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
- Lipids: structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
- Nucleic acids, protein synthesis, and genomics
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.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||describe the physical and chemical characteristics of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.||Intellectual rigour||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||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||discuss the kinetic and thermodynamic significance of protein enzyme catalysed reactions in living systems.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||describe and discuss the significance of selected metabolic pathways in health and disease.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||perform experiments, record and compute data, and explain the link between theory and the experimental process.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Stoker, H. Stephen , 2016, General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edn, Cengage Learning, Boston, USA. ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781285853918; ISBN-10: 1285853911.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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