Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Part A

Subject 521-211 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures (three a week); 12 hours of computer-based tutorials
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Chemistry 610-122 or 610-142 (plus their chemistry prerequisite). Biology 650-141 plus 650-142 are strongly recommended.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr I Stanley
Subject Overview:

Biological macromolecules, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates, provide the molecular basis for all living systems. To understand these systems we must understand the structures, functions and chemical properties of these macromolecules. Content includes an introduction to the principles of cellular functions; amino acid chemistry; structure and function of proteins with particular attention given to haemoglobin and immunoglobulins; properties of enzymes and their regulation; carbohydrate structure and function; the structure of nucleic acids and their role as genetic material, including DNA replication and repair; the composition of ­chromosomes and genes and bioinformatical approaches for analysing the structure of genes; lipid chemistry; cell membrane composition, dynamics and function including membrane transport processes; the molecular architecture of the cell.

Assessment: Ongoing computer-based assessment during the semester (10%); a 40-minute multiple choice examination held mid-semester (10%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (80%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

In addition to specific skills gained through the study of biochemistry and molecular biology, students should develop the following generic skills:

  • the ability to think critically and organise knowledge, from consideration of the lecture material;

  • the ability to learn to adopt new ideas, from participation in the lecture program; and

  • the ability to plan effective work schedules and grow more confident in the synthesis of knowledge.


Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Not available to students enrolled in the BBiomedSc.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Animal Science and Management
Bachelor of Computer Science (Bioinformatics)
Bachelor of Engineering(Biochemical Engineering)and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Food Science
Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology

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