Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

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

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL214
Subject Name The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BIOL213
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Continuous Practical assessment 15%; Scientific report 15%; Quiz 10%; Final Examination (combined theory and practical exam; all weeks) 60%.
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 Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2hrs Lectures, 3hrs Practicals, 1hr Tutorials
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Heath Ecroyd
Jody Gorman
Nicholas Dixon
Antoine van Oijen
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Ronald Sluyter
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
The generation and storage of metabolic energy. The major catabolic pathways. The biosynthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleotides. The regulation of enzymes and of metabolic pathways and their role in cellular function. The integration of metabolism including metabolic disorders.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Identify the major biochemical processes that generate and utilise free energy in animals and plants and explain how some of these are regulated and integrated, recognising how chemical free energy is stored;
2. Compare anabolic (biosynthetic) and catabolic (degradative) metabolic pathways and recognise their significance in providing biochemical building blocks and energy, respectively;
3. Describe the principles involved in the control of metabolism;
4. Integrate knowledge gained in BIOL213 of the structure and function of molecules, especially proteins and carbohydrates, to the roles of these molecules in metabolic biochemistry;
5. Demonstrate ability to perform basic laboratory procedures used in the study of metabolism and relate these procedures and their results to the theoretical knowledge they have gained, demonstrating a concern for accuracy;
6. Employ knowledge of metabolism and of biochemical methods to design experimental approaches to simple problems in metabolic biochemistry;
7. Demonstrate appreciation of the historical process that led to this body of knowledge and identify methods used;
8. Demonstrate ability to relate metabolic processes to the functioning of whole organisms.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
Practical classes begin in July. Log on to SOLS to select your preferred practical time in July. Students are expected to attend the corresponding tutorial. Please note, in some years the third tutorial class does not run. 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) / David L. Nelson, Michael M. Cox. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman, 2013.
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