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Human Biochemistry G (6481.5)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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This unit provides a comprehensive look at cellular metabolism. The unit examines the synthesis and breakdown of biochemical molecules as fuels and building blocks for the human body to function. An introduction to intracellular signalling is included. There is an emphasis on the recurring themes in biochemical mechanisms and regulation. The unit will consider several disease processes to facilitate an understanding of metabolism.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the mechanisms of metabolic control;

2. Demonstrate how to integrate their knowledge from Biochemistry G to understand the role of inter- and intracellular communication for homeostasis;

3. Frame hypotheses and design experiments to test them;

4. Demonstrate the necessary skills for independent learning;

5. Solve simple to advanced problems / case studies from a biochemical perspective; and

6. Critically evaluate a topical issue about specified diseases from a metabolic/biochemical perspective.

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.


Biochemistry G. Graduate entry and permission of the course and unit conveners.



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