Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Biochemistry is concerned with the function of biological systems at the molecular level. It is central to most studies in biology and life sciences and is directly related to biomedical research and biotechnology. In this subject, students are introduced to cell biology and cell metabolism, building on the concepts developed in Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCH2IBM) in semester 1. Students study the generation of energy in cells through the oxidation of carbohydrates and lipids; the formation of ATP, the energy currency of cells; lipids, cellular membranes and compartmentation; and the signalling processes that co-ordinate and regulate cellular activity. The practical work reinforces basic experimental skills and includes exercises on metabolism and cell biology.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteve Jones

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1OF/HBS1HBA and CHE1GEN/CHE1CHF/CHE1BAS and CHE1APL/DIE1FFU/DTN1FFU and have passed or attempted one of the following subjects with a minimum grade of 30% BCH2IBM/BCH2BMA/BCH21BMA/BCH21PEM


Incompatible subjects BCH2BMB, BCH22BMB, BCH22RGE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLehninger Principles of Biochemistry (2012, 6th edition)RecommendedDavid L Nelson & Michael M CoxW.H. FREEMAN & COMPANY, NEW YORK

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size400

Enrolment information Access to laboratory space and availability of demonstrators Students for whom BCH2MBC is a core subject will be given first priority. If the quota is exceeded, students will be selected on the basis of their WAM scores in Year 1.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Jones

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"(equivalent to 1.5hr per week)"

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"One of the three 1-hr 'lectures' each week will be either (i) a 1-hr 'lectorial' or large-scale tutorial (one per fortnight, equivalent to 0.5 hr per week) or (ii) a 1-hr 'prac techniques' session (one per fortnight, equivalent to 0.5 hr per week)"


Assessment elementComments%
End of semester examination (2 hr)40
Lectorial quizzes (x 5)10
Mid-semester examination (45 min)15
Practical work: worksheet or brief prac report x 6 (20%), laboratory performance mark (5%)25
Research assignment (10 min oral presentation, prepared & delivered in pairs)10