Courses & Units

Introductory Biochemistry CXA125


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
Unit code CXA125
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Sukhwinder Sohal
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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KRA161 or CXA171


Teaching Pattern

2-hr weekly lecture (13 weeks), 1-hr weekly tutorial, 2-hr practical (alternate weeks)

AssessmentTest (25%)|Scientific Report (35%)|Examination (40%)
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