Biochemistry in Animal Systems

Subject VETS20016 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours lectures and 2 hours workshops/case studies/practicals per week. Total 60 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


One of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects:


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:


Assoc Prof Jason White



Subject Overview:

An understanding of the chemical processes that occur in living organisms is essential to understanding how plants, animals and microbes function, and therefore the best management practices that will result in optimal health and productivity. This subject is designed to introduce students to the discipline of biochemistry, to allow them to develop a basic understanding of the biological chemistry underpinning function at the cellular and system levels. Topics covered will include: cellular structure and biochemical function, structure of biomolecules including proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, energy generating pathways, photosynthesis, metabolism, fixation and assimilation of nitrogen, transformation of metals, phosphorus and sulphur, comparative metabolism in ruminants and avians and the regulation of metabolism by hormones and isoprenoids.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Be familiar with the terminology of biochemistry
  • Understand the principles and important information regarding the chemical structures and properties of cellular constituents, and the correlation of structure with function
  • Comprehend the interrelationships of metabolic pathways and biochemical reactions between organism and tissue systems
  • Develop skills in the organization, analysis and interpretation of biochemical data
  • Four written reports (up to 500 words each) based on workshops due during the semester worth a total of 25%
  • A one-hour written examination held mid-semester worth 30%
  • A two-hour written exam to be held in the end-of-semester exam period worth 45%
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Organization, analysis and evaluation of data
  • Working collaboratively with other students
  • Respect of intellectual integrity
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Agricultural Economics
Plant and Soil Science
Production Animal Health
Production Animal Science

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