Unit description

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.

Unit content

  1. Review of organic functional groups, cellular structure and function, and properties of water
  2. Amino acids and protein structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
  3. Enzymes, coenzymes, reaction kinetics
  4. Metabolism and bioenergetics: Krebs cycle, electron transport chain and ATP synthesis
  5. Carbohydrates: structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
  6. Lipids: structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
  7. Nucleic acids, protein synthesis, and genomics

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

  • Stoker, H. Stephen , 2016, General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edn, Cengage Learning, Boston, USA. ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781285853918; ISBN-10: 1285853911.
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 book45%

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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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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