Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The diversity of important biological molecules and how their structures relate to their function in relation to living systems is demonstrated. Smaller biomolecules such as amino acids, nucleotides and sugars that were studied in first year chemistry (CHEM1120) are known to 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 biological structures, biochemical reactions and pathways are connected and controlled in living systems. Students will gain competency in laboratory skills.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain and describe the cellular structure and function of animal and plant cells;

2. Correlate practical activities conducted in the laboratory to key biochemistry concepts;

3. Competently operate laboratory equipment, follow protocols and solve practical problems relevant to biochemistry experiments;

4. Characterise the diversity of biomolecules, and describe their metabolic and structural roles in cellular function;

5. Delineate the sources of energy for cells, and describe how cells utilise this chemical energy for growth and maintenance;

6. Define how chemical reactions are mediated, integrated and regulated in the cell;

7. Communicate the results of both theoretical and experimental work in written, oral and report formats.


1. Animal and plant cell structure and function: Cellular processes, Enzyme regulation and kinetics, Vitamins and Coenzymes

2. Biomolecules: Sugars and polysaccharides, Amino acids and proteins, Nucleotides and nucleic acids, Fatty acids and complex lipids

3. Metabolism I: Intermediary metabolism, Glycolysis, The pentose phosphate pathway, Glycogenolysis

4. Metabolism II: Gluconeogenesis, Glycogenesis and biosynthesis of disaccharides and polysaccharides, The Krebs Citric Acid Cycle or TCA Cycle, Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation, Lipid metabolism


This course has similarities to BIOL2010. If you have successfully completed BIOL2010 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

CHEM1110, CHEM1120, HUBS1401 and HUBS1416.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises - assignments 1 and 2

Formal Examination: Formal examination

Report: Laboratory Experiments and reports

Presentation: Presentation, Individual (Oral)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. Compulsory attendance of 80% at scheduled laboratories
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory Safety and Risk Assessment induction. These will generally occur in the first week of each course or prior to a placement or field trip. Students will be advised of RA and H & S requirements by the Course Coordinator at the beginning of the semester.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminars will be incorporated into laboratory sessions.


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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