Courses & Units

Cell and Molecular Biochemistry CXA315



Expands on the understanding of biochemistry obtained in CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry, concentrated at a molecular level. The unit is a comprehensive study of regulation of cellular metabolism and signalling along with a detailed study of the molecular mechanisms of genetic replication, transcription and translation. The student is also introduced to molecular biology techniques and terminology.


Unit name Cell and Molecular Biochemistry
Unit code CXA315
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Stephen Myers
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the molecular basis, and co-ordination of cell biology processes in healthy cells and tissues, and contrast to diseased states.
  • Conduct, interpret and critically evaluate molecular and biochemical data from laboratory-based experimentation and online bioinformatics analysis.
  • Interpret, critically evaluate, and communicate biochemical data from the scientific literature.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019901 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Practical – 3 hours (weekly), Tutorial – 1 hour (weekly)

AssessmentMid-semester closed-book theory exam (20%)|Final Theory Exam (50%)|Group Written Laboratory Report. (20%)|Case Study (10%)
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Although you do not need a textbook to successfully complete CXA315 Cell and Molecular Biochemistry, it will be beneficial to have at least one molecular biology 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:
Alberts, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th edition, 2015, ISBN: 9780815344643
Also, a link to the e-copy can be found here:


Any other molecular biology textbook

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