Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL213
Subject Name Principles of Biochemistry
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BIOL103 & CHEM101 and CHEM102 or CHEM104 & CHEM105
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence BIOL813
Assessment Practical worksheets 15%; Mid Session Theory Quizzes 20%; Practical Quiz 10%; Final exam 55%.
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Practical classes begin in week 1, please note there are no tutorials. Students should use the SMP online Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in their practical classes. If you encounter problems email

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hrs Lectures , 3 hrs Practical
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Heath Ecroyd
Marie Ranson
Tracey Kuit
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Tracey Kuit
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
Structure and biological functions of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids and their subunits. Membrane structure. Enzymes, their functions and their regulation. The central dogma of Molecular Biology from genes to proteins.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Describe the major classes of macromolecules and their subunits;
2. Describe the basic principles of enzyme function;
3. Describe the information flow from DNA to protein;
4. Perform the calculations necessary to relate physical amounts and concentrations of biochemicals;
5. Interpret biochemical data and reach valid scientific conclusions;
6. Display the following experimental skills:
i) Safe and responsible conduct in laboratories,
ii) The ability to dispense and manipulate small (μl) volumes accurately,
iii) Use and understand the operation of a limited range of modern laboratory equipment.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

Textbook Information
Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry, 6th Ed, Nelson and Cox (2013) Freeman and Company, New York.
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:

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