Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
|Faculty||Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences|
|Organisational Unit||School of Biomedical Sciences|
|Offered||Clayton First semester 2014 (Day)|
|Coordinator(s)||Assoc Prof Janet Macaulay (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)|
This unit introduces the student to the chemistry of organic molecules and the biochemistry of cells. We examine the role of functional groups in biological molecules of biomedical importance and common reactions in metabolism. We reinforce concepts of ionisation and pH. We discuss the chemistry of proteins and their physical properties in solution leading up to an examination of enzyme catalysis and kinetics. This lays the foundation for an examination of the biological oxidation of fats and carbohydrates that provides the cell with energy. We examine the way energy is stored in times of plenty and relate our understanding to normal and disease states that occur.
On successful completion of this unit students will:
End of semester exam: 60%;
Assessment during semester which can include small group session marks, self-directed learning exercises and on-line quizzes: 25%;
Mid-semester test: 15%
A pass in the final examination must be obtained to pass the unit.
3 lectures and a 3-hour small group session or computer based or self-directed learning per week
Must be enrolled in course code 2230; 3356; 3528; 3879, 3975, 3976 or 4417.