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.

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.