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BMED11-205: Medical Biochemistry 1


Medical Biochemistry 1 has been specifically designed to build on students' knowledge of chemistry as preparation for the more specialised field of biochemistry. The over-arching learning theme is to gain an in-depth knowledge of biomolecular structure and the structure/function relationship of biomolecules. A modern teaching style is applied to accommodate varied learning styles and combines lectures, narrated powerpoints, screencasts and group learning sessions. Key learning outcomes are facilitated in a technology-enhanced environment to enhance understanding, including problem-based learning and a molecular modelling assignment. Students will gain a detailed understanding of buffer systems, enzyme kinetics, regulation and mechanisms as well as key intracellular signalling cascades. The subject incorporates biochemical laboratory techniques such as a number of chromatography and spectroscopy techniques.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260

Learning outcomes

1. Describe the structure of biomolecules and the key chemical concepts that underpin biomolecular structures and relate their function to the important and relevant aspects of their structure. 2. Solve and explain biochemical questions relating to the biomolecular structure-function relationship and solve acid-base and enzyme kinetics problems using quantitative methods. 3. Locate, use and interpret information and data relating to various chemical topics. 4. Explain molecular mechanisms in a number of important cell signalling cascades. 5. Critically appraise scientific literature in the medical biochemistry field. 6. Communicate effectively using appropriate conventions and language relevant to biochemistry. 7. Competently perform advanced biochemical techniques including chromatography, spectrophotometry and electrophoresis.

Enrolment requirements

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There are no co-requisites.

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021