bio2mbc metabolic biochemistry




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces the structure and function of the basic classes of biological molecules, rate equations of catalysis, enzyme kinetics and allosteric control. Students study the pathways by which various biological molecules are degraded within the cell to release energy, or synthesised from smaller molecules. Emphasis is on the integration and regulation of the pathways. The practical component of the course will consolidate basic biochemical techniques and formal report writing.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIan Swift

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1CO or CHE2PHC or CHE2MCA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsConcepts in biochemistryPrescribedBoyer, R 20022ND EDITION, (ISBN 0-534-38006-9) BROOKS COLE PUBLISHING

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the chemical structure of biological molecules important to biological function.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes.

02. Illustrate how enzymes are able to facilitate metabolic reactions, and how they are regulated.

Lectures and practical classes.

03. Compare the various pathways for metabolising carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, their location, function and regulation.

Lectures and practical classes.

04. Critically analyse data indicating uncertainties and limitations in the design and conduct of laboratory experiments.

Practical classes.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Swift

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 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.

PracticalWeek: 31 - 43
Six 2.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Examination - 2 hour (2,000-words equivalent)4001, 02, 03, 04
Laboratory reports (x 8) (1,500-words equivalent total)4001, 02, 03, 04
Mid semester test - 1 hour (1,000-words equivalent)2001, 02, 03