Biochemistry of Metabolism & Nutrition

Subject 521-305 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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: three x 1 hour lecture and one x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 48 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 120 hours

BSc students
521-211 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology part A
521-212 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology part B

BBiomedSc students
521-213 Integrated Biomedical Science I
536-250 Integrated Biomedical Science II

Other combinations of subjects that provide a similar background may be considered by the coordinator

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for this subject if previously obtained credit for pre-2009 subjects (521-305) Biochemistry of Metabolism & Nutrition.
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 Alana Mitchell
Subject Overview:

Interpretation of, and appropriate responses to, nutritional information require an understanding of how metabolic processes are controlled.
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 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 nutrients and relevant cell receptors on the cell surface involved in the regulation of nutrition and metabolism.

Objectives: On completion of the subject, students should be expected to understand at the molecular level many examples of the relationships between nutrients and metabolic processes in both physiological and diseased states.

Assessment consists of 80% for the final exam, 10% for assignment (5% for group presentation plus 5% for individual answer to questions) and 10% for a mid-semester test

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Any first-year biochemistry text is a suitable reference for background material
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students should develop skills in critical thinking from consideration of both the lecture material and recent 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.

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

Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Food Science
Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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