Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Biochemistry and molecular biology are concerned with the function of biological systems at the molecular level. Biochemistry is central to most studies in biology and life sciences and is directly related to medical and agricultural research and biotechnology. In this unit students will extend previous knowledge gained from their biochemistry subjects related to gene expression, protein chemistry, bioinformatics, gene structure and function and relate them to a cellular biology context. In this semester, students study the molecular events of cellular biogenesis, cell signalling, molecular

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 subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBCH2IBM AND BCH2MBC


Incompatible subjectsBCH3BMB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsTo be considered for Honours in Biochemistry, in addition to this subject, students must also complete either MED3PRJ or MED3LAB

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Molecular Biology of the Cell

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorLodish et al. H.


Edition/Volume7TH EDN



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 and define concepts in biochemistry and molecular biology using appropriate vocabulary, related to organelle biosynthesis, cell signalling, cell biology, cancer and apoptosis
02. Apply concepts in biochemistry and molecular biology to solve theoretical problems and interpret experimental data.
03. Navigate and report on current scientific literature.
04. Apply principles of sound experimental design to critically evaluate protocols and data in biochemistry and cell biology

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulian Pakay

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Four 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Type: Or On-Line

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 h tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Or Type: Directed Learning Activity Or Delivery Method: On-Line


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1 x 2-hour end of Semester Exam.  Final Exam

N/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2

In Class Quizzes - (equivalent to 200 words each).  These formative assessments will each cover two weeks worth of lecture content. These short quizzes are designed to be both formative and preparative for the final exam. Students will complete 6 quizzes and the 5 best marks will be used to calculate the final grade.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

""News and Views"" Literature Review - Written Assignment (800 word equivalent).  Submission through Turnitin.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3