Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
|Dates & Locations:
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|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 170 hours
Study Period Commencement:
Summer Term, Semester 2
Candidates who have taken chemistry subjects at other universities may be accepted for BCMB20002 if their studies are equivalent to a full first year of chemistry with basic organic chemistry well covered. Contact the coordinator to ask for a waiver of the prerequisites (include previous chemistry subject details, the institution, the year(s) of study and the grades achieved).
|Recommended Background Knowledge:
Level 1 Biology is strongly recommended.
Study Period Commencement:
Semester 1, Semester 2
or equivalent is strongly recommended.
|Non Allowed Subjects:
Disallowed subject combinations:
Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for
BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology if previously obtained credit for both pre-2009 subjects
521-211 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Part A and
521-212 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Part B.
Students who completed the pre-2009 subject
521-211 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Part A without
521-212 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Part B may enrol in
BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Bachelor of Biomedicine students taking
are excluded from this subject.
|Core Participation Requirements:
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorDr Terry Mulhern
Dr Terry Mulhern
Mrs Irene Koumanelis
This subject is an introduction to the core of biochemistry, building on chemical principles and relating structure to function. The subject is an approved biochemistry prerequisite for entry to graduate medicine (and kindred vocational study) at the University of Melbourne. The molecular basis of life as discussed in this subject is essential for the understanding of any biological system and is at the core of all degrees in life science that use molecular techniques. The content includes an introduction to the molecular architecture of cells and the structure of biological building blocks (amino acids, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids). The coverage includes the structure and function of proteins, including the properties of enzymes, their regulation and kinetic behavior. How nucleic acids replicate information and serve as a template for the synthesis of RNAs and proteins (i.e. molecular biology). The structure of lipids is examined to show their major biological roles, particularly as components of cell membranes. Metabolic pathways (glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, glycogen metabolism, TCA cycle and oxidative phosphorylation) will complete this core coverage of essential biochemistry. The subject is designed to complement the laboratory experiences in the subject BCMB20005.
By the end of the subject the student should understand:
Nelson and Cox, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 6th edn., 2013.
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
|Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and New Generation degrees).
This subject is not available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer.
Animal Health and Disease
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
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