Credit points: 15

Subject outline

What do herbicides, tequila, biofuel, cow stomachs and hibernating bears have in common? Biochemistry! The rapidly changing climate, population growth and the increase in microbial diseases have led to a technological revolution focused at dealing with these food security and environmental challenges. This subject will explore the biochemical underpinnings of animal and plant production and health and will cover selected topics from the broad field of agriculture and animal science. This includes the photobiological basis for photosynthesis, plant nitrogen fixation, bioactive molecules acting as competitive inhibitors of metabolism, animal energy metabolism and regulation, and metabolic adaptations in animals and plants. This subject will be delivered via a combination of on-line modules and face-to-face workshop sessions. The weekly 3-hour workshops are compulsory and involve in-class assessment

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTravis Beddoe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsBCH2IBM OR BCH2MBC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe mechanisms for converting solar energy to chemical energy in plants.
02. Describe mechanisms of nitrogen fixation and amino acid biosynthesis in plants.
03. Explain the metabolic pathways involved in energy production in animals and its regulation to achieve homeostasis.
04. Explain the biochemical principles underlying metabolic adaptations in animals and animal production traits.
05. Critique recent biotechnological advances and their roles in food security and environmental challenges.
06. Evaluate scientific information to communicate clearly and professionally written forms.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTravis Beddoe

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.50 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
On-line activities equivalent to 3.5 hours per week

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Compulsory Workshop


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Poster on metabolism (700-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

On-line and in-class assignments (1,300-words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One x 2 hour case study test (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Two x 15 minute online multiple choice quizzes (500-words equivalent, total)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5