Biochemistry of Metabolism & Nutrition

Subject 521-305 (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 per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Biochemistry 521-211, 521-212 and 521-220. In special circumstances students who have not taken 521-220 may be permitted to enrol in this subject.BBiomedSc students: 521-213 and 536-250.
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 A Mitchell
Subject Overview: Interpretation of, and appropriate responses to, nutritional information require an understanding of how metabolic processes are controlled.
On completion of the subject, students should understand the relationships between nutrients and metabolic processes in various physiological and diseased states.
The content includes an overview of animal nutrition and metabolism; the principles behind control of the digestion and absorption of nutrients; the concepts of bioenergetics and the consequences of aerobic metabolism, including the generation of free-radicals and the importance of antioxidants in protecting proteins, lipids and DNA from oxidative damage; the mechanism of action of lipid-soluble vitamins; the regulation of muscle protein metabolism in response to starvation, physical trauma and various diseases; the dietary fate of lipids; the regulation of lipoprotein metabolism and transport in normal and disease states; metabolic contributions to obesity, cardiovascular disease, aging and related nutritional problems; carrier proteins for nutrient and relevant cell receptors.
In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking from consideration of both the lecture material and research literature. They will learn to apply theoretical principles to the explanation of observations and acquire skills in communication, time management and collaborative working through participation in group presentations.
Assessment: A 30-minute group oral presentation and 1000 word written assignment during the semester (10%); a 45-minute written test 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
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Food Science
Bachelor of Science
Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology

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