Courses & Units

Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology CBA343


This unit provides students with an understanding of recent developments and contemporary issues in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology. Areas covered include topics related to hormones and signal transduction, gene regulation and epigenetics, stem cells, transgenic animals and cloning.


Unit name Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Unit code CBA343
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Professor Adele Holloway
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of concepts underpinning some areas of contemporary biochemistry and molecular biology to explain normal physiological processes.
  • Explain how dysregulation of biochemical and molecular processes contributes to disease.
  • Apply knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology to problem-solve and to critically evaluate research data.

Fee Information

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 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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CBA260 and CBA265


Teaching Pattern

Independent Learning 3 hours weekly; Workshop 2 hours weekly; Self-directed study 3-4 hours weekly 

AssessmentInternal Test (30%)|Worksheets (30%)|End of Semester Exam (40%)
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Specific advice on texts that will be used in this unit will be provided during semester. Any requisite texts will be available from “Reserve” collections at the University Library. Recommended reading will be indicated where appropriate in the lectures. The primary guide to what you need to learn, and in how much detail, is the online material provided and what is discussed in the workshops. Useful books or journal articles which may aid in your understanding of the lecture material may be listed in the online material or referred to by the Lecturer.


You may find the following textbook useful for background information for this unit. 
Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th edition, Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, and Martin Raff
Taylor and Francis Group
Other recommended reading will be indicated where appropriate on MyLO.

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