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Human Biochemistry (6518.5)

Level: Undergraduate Second Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (185523) - View
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This unit provides a comprehensive look at cellular metabolism. It examines the synthesis and breakdown of biochemical molecules as fuels and building blocks for the human body to function while emphasizing recurring themes in biochemical mechanisms and regulation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Be able to describe the role of energy in living cells, with particular reference to the concept of free energy and the role of ATP;

2. Be able to describe the major biochemical pathways used in humans, both to extract energy from the key nutrients and to synthesise new cellular components;

3. Understand the mechanisms of metabolic control and be able to integrate their knowledge from both biochemistry units to understand its role in homeostasis; and

4. Continue to develop the necessary skills for independent learning and use their biochemistry knowledge for solving simple biomedical problems.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Two one-hour lectures per week plus the equivalent of two-hours laboratory/tutorial per week. This includes five x three-hour laboratories and three x three-hour tutorials throughout the semester.


Chemistry 1B, Biochemistry.



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