Biochemistry is an important biological science, often referred to as the chemistry of life, because biochemical processes are essential in order for all living organisms (e.g. humans, fish and plants) to exist. It is biochemistry that allows the mechanisms behind the processes that occur in biology and physiology to be understood. This unit is designed to introduce students in health, exercise and marine sciences to the fundamental concepts of biochemistry, complementing, and building on, studies in cell or aquatic biology. It considers the basic chemistry of physiological processes and discusses the structure and function of the major biochemical macromolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids) in biology. The unit also provides an introduction to metabolic and cellular/molecular biology.
|Unit name||Introductory Biochemistry|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Sukhwinder Sohal|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of concepts and principles related to the properties of basic organic chemical groups, the nature of bodily fluids, and the chemical structures, properties and functions of the major biochemical macromolecules
- Problem solve (present, interpret and critically analyse) different forms of biochemical data and information (i.e., tables, graphs, calculations, molecular structures).
- Communicate biological information in writing by: a) adopting and maintaining professional practice by adhering to the guidelines of a scientific report, and b) developing and using correct terminology in a cohesive manner that conveys understanding.
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PrerequisitesKRA161 or CXA171
2-hr weekly lecture (13 weeks), 1-hr weekly tutorial, 2-hr practical (alternate weeks)
|Assessment||Test (25%)|Scientific Report (35%)|Examination (40%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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