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CBA221 gives pharmacy students an 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 in health and disease; (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. The role of metabolism in major human diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer) is emphasized.

Summary 2021

Unit name Biochemistry A (Pharmacy)
Unit code CBA221
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Dr Stephen Richards

Teaching staff

Unit Coordinator and the staff of Biochemistry

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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(CZZ101 or CZZ102) and (KRA113 or KRA114).


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr lectures weekly; 1-hr tutorial weekly


Internal Tests 30%; Practical Worksheet (1,000 words) 10%;  2 hour written end of semester Exam 60%.

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