Courses & Units

Biochemistry A (Pharmacy) CBA221


CBA221 provides pharmacy students with understanding of the following core areas of biochemistry and molecular biology: (a) structure and function of important biological macromolecules, such as nucleic acids and proteins; (b) structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids; (c) the integration and control of metabolism, by hormonal and other means; (d) nutrition - role of macro- and micro-nutrients in health and disease, food composition, dietary guidelines; (e) human molecular biology in health and disease; (f) biochemistry of cancer. Relevance to human health and disease is emphasised.


Unit name Biochemistry A (Pharmacy)
Unit code CBA221
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Stephen Richards
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • describe key areas of metabolism, nutrition and basic molecular biology.
  • describe the control of metabolism in normal physiological states.
  • discuss the roles of alterations in metabolism, nutrition and basic molecular biological pathways in the pathogenesis of selected major diseases.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010901 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Online content (asynchronous) 2 hours weekly; Workshop 2 hours weekly

AssessmentWritten End of Semester Exam (40%)|Internal Tests (30%)|Worksheet (30%)
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