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 an 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 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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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.

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
019901 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry


Teaching Pattern

Practical – 3 hours (weekly), Tutorial – 2 hours (weekly), Independent study 6 hours (weekly)

AssessmentCase Study (15%)|Mid-semester open-book theory exam (20%)|Laboratory Report. (25%)|Final Theory Exam (40%)
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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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