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BC2013 - Principles of Biochemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

For students who do not have the required pre-requisites, please seek advice from the Discipline Academic Advisor to enrol

This subject is designed to provide both biomedical and biological scientists with the foundations of biochemistry including the functional components of living cells and the basic metabolic strategies adopted by living cells for the generation of energy and the synthesis of cellular components.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and construct the basic pathways of carbohydrate and lipid catabolism and their role in energy production in living cells;
  • Demonstrate practical experience in biochemistry techniques;
  • Describe the role of enzymes in biochemistry;
  • Describe the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids found in living organisms;
  • Demonstrate adherence to assessment deadlines.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (35%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Attend all practicals. Obtain at least 50% in the on-course component. Obtain at least 50% in the end of semester exam.

Prerequisites: at least 18CP of level 1 subjects which includes BM1000 or admission to B.Ed.(Secondary) and BS1001


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Alanna Sorenson, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturers: Mr Ray Layton, Empro Joseph Holtum, Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer, Mr Shaymaviswanathan Karnaneedi, Miss Brittany Dewdney, Assoc. Professor Lionel Hebbard, Dr Craig McFarlane, Professor David Miller.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 34 hours lectures
  • 9 hours tutorials
  • 28 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.