The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Living systems are made up of molecules and this course introduces the diversity of important biological molecules and shows how their structures relate to their function. The smaller biomolecules such as amino acids, nucleotides and sugars have important biological functions of their own, and are also utilised as building blocks for biopolymers such as proteins, nucleic acids and polysaccharides. The metabolic processes that occur in cells to synthesise and degrade these biomolecules and to provide energy for the cell will be presented with a view to showing how biochemical reactions and pathways are connected and controlled.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. An understanding of the scientific philosophy associated with research in biochemistry,

2. Knowledge of the diversity of biomolecules, as well as their metabolic and structural roles in cellular function,

3. Knowledge of the sources of energy for cells, and how cells utilise this chemical energy for growth and maintenance,

4. An understanding of how chemical reactions are mediated, integrated and regulated in the cell.


Content

Biomolecules

  1. Sugars and polysaccharides
  2. Fatty acids and complex lipids
  3. Amino acids and proteins
  4. Vitamins and coenzymes

Cell processes

  1. Enzymes

Energy metabolism

  1. Glycolysis
  2. The pentose phosphate pathway
  3. The Krebs Citric Acid Cycle or TCA Cycle
  4. Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation  

Cellular metabolism

  1. Utilisation of polysaccharides
  2. Glycogenesis and biosynthesis of disaccharides and polysaccharides,
  3. Lipid metabolism

Requisite

This course has similarities to BIOL2011. If you have successfully completed BIOL2011 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

BIOL2010BiochemistryLiving systems are made up of molecules and this course introduces the diversity of important biological molecules and shows how their structures relate to their function. The smaller biomolecules such as amino acids, nucleotides and sugars have important biological functions of their own, and are also utilised as building blocks for biopolymers such as proteins, nucleic acids and polysaccharides. The metabolic processes that occur in cells to synthesise and degrade these biomolecules and to provide energy for the cell will be presented with a view to showing how biochemical reactions and pathways are connected and controlled.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1020005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019CHEM1010, CHEM1020, BIOL1001 and BIOL1002 or equivalentBiomolecules Sugars and polysaccharides Fatty acids and complex lipids Amino acids and proteins Vitamins and coenzymesCell processes EnzymesEnergy metabolism Glycolysis The pentose phosphate pathway The Krebs Citric Acid Cycle or TCA Cycle Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation  Cellular metabolism Utilisation of polysaccharides Glycogenesis and biosynthesis of disaccharides and polysaccharides, Lipid metabolism YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1An understanding of the scientific philosophy associated with research in biochemistry,2Knowledge of the diversity of biomolecules, as well as their metabolic and structural roles in cellular function,3Knowledge of the sources of energy for cells, and how cells utilise this chemical energy for growth and maintenance,4An understanding of how chemical reactions are mediated, integrated and regulated in the cell. This course has similarities to BIOL2011. If you have successfully completed BIOL2011 you cannot enrol in this course.Formal Examination: ExamQuiz: Quizzes - On-lineReport: Tutorial contribution assignments CallaghanLectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0TutorialFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Exam

Quiz: Quizzes - On-line

Report: Tutorial contribution assignments


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term