Courses & Units

Metabolic Biochemistry CXA261


Metabolic biochemistry entails the study of intermediary metabolism and the structures involved. This unit is concerned mainly with the metabolic processes involved in the inter-conversion and storage of metabolic energy, the regulation of these processes and the associated molecules. Specifically, the intention of this unit is to: Introduce some of the chemical and physical processes on which life depends; Provide you with an understanding of some of the major biological molecules and their metabolic interrelationships sufficient to pursue further studies in the nutrition, exercise science, physiology and molecular biology of higher organisms; Develop your awareness of the biomedical applications of biochemistry.


Unit name Metabolic Biochemistry
Unit code CXA261
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Jeff Beckett
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


International students
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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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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a sound and broad understanding of the metabolic basis, and co-ordination, of metabolism in humans in both healthy and diseased cells and tissues
  • Apply critical thinking skills to complex problem-based learning activities
  • Interpret, evaluate and communicate biochemical data from scientific literature and in laboratory-based experimentation in the form of a case study.

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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[KRA113 AND KRA114] OR [KRA161 AND CXA125]


Teaching Pattern

Tutorial – 2 hours (weekly), Practical – 3 hours (6 weeks)

AssessmentCase Study (10%)|Test (15%)|Test (15%)|Metabolic disease review (20%)|Examination (40%)
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Although you do not need a textbook to successfully complete CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry, it will be beneficial to have at least one biochemistry textbook at hand to further develop your understanding of the subject material. In this course, most of the lectures will be derived from the following textbook:

Voet, Fundamentals of Bioschemistry, 5th Edition 2016.  ISBN 978-1-118-91840-1.


Any biochemistry textbook will be adequate.

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