Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students extend previous knowledge and practical skills gained from second year Biochemistry. The laboratory component emphasizes the underlying theory, provides experience in experimental design and provides hands-on practical instruction in analytical biochemistry techniques including organelle isolation, enzyme assays, electrophoresis, nucleic acid isolation and gene expression. In addition to the practicals, students will complete workshops where additional theory will be presented, extending the techniques demonstrated in the laboratory. The workshops will also provide an opportunity to further develop skills in quantitative literacy, scientific communication and critical analysis of scientific methodology and data.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBCH2MBC AND BCH2IBM


Incompatible subjectsBCH3BMA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesAcademic achievement in prerequisite subjects BCH2IBM and BCH2MBC.

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


BCH3AAB Laboratory Manual

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorJulian Pakay (updated anually)



PublisherAvailable on the LMS


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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. Explain concepts in analytical biochemistry and molecular biology using appropriate vocabulary.
02. Be able to follow detailed protocols, follow best occupational health and safety practice and apply advanced techniques in analytical biochemistry to generate and analyse data.
03. Collect, analyse and evaluate information from literature to prepare a thorough scientific report.
04. Discuss and present information in the field of Biochemistry orally to peers.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size192

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 6.00 h laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Weeks 11,13,15,18,20 and 22.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Two pre-practical lectures need to held, one in week 11 and one in week 15 (before the start of each of the two major practical topics). Must be held prior to lab class in that week.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Weeks 10,12,14,16,19,21.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Laboratory Performance (500 word equivalent) This assessment is based on laboratory and tutorial performance, contribution to student led-tutorials and an assessment of practical skills exhibited during the laboratory classes.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2
Practical Report (equivalent to 1000 words) Includes two short formative exercises for the students to obtain feedback on their scientific writing. They can incorporate this work into the final practical report.N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
Practical Exam (2 hours) This exam will be required to be centrally timetabled during the end of semester exam period.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2
Student-Led Tutorial (10 minute informal presentation) (750 word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO4
Question Sheets (equivalent to 250 words) Short answer sheets completed in-class during tutorial/workshop sessions.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3