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SPEX11-103: Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport May 2022 [Standard]

General information

In this subject students will extend the knowledge and skills gained in earlier chemistry subjects to investigate the principal biomolecules (carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids), enzymes, and the bioenergetic basis of human metabolism (prior to, during and after exercise and training) through an examination of the major catabolic and anabolic pathways. This will include coverage of glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, B-oxidation, as well as carbohydrate, fatty acid and amino acid metabolism. In addition, the structure of a “gene” and regulation of its expression through transcriptional and translational processes will be examined. The subject will also enhance laboratory skills via use of experimental techniques such as spectrophotometry, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and western blotting.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:SPEX11-103
Subject title:Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly tutorial
  • Sports Lab: x7 (Total hours: 18) - Sports Lab
  • Optional Revision: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Optional Revision
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 42) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Nelson, D.L. (2021). Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. 8th International ed., Macmillan Learning.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Analyse and evaluate the scientific literature relevant to the biochemistry of exercise and sports science.
  2. Identify and describe the structure of the principal biomolecules.
  3. Explain the major anabolic and catabolic pathways associated with the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, amino acids and nucleic acids at rest, during and after exercise.
  4. Describe the structure of a gene and the processes by which gene expression is regulated.
  5. Conduct laboratory-based experiments and analyse, interpret and present the results.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Laboratory Report Laboratory report (1500 words) 15% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 5.
Computer-aided Test (Closed) Test - midsemester 20% Week 6 1, 2, 3.
Laboratory Report Laboratory Report (2000 words) 20% Week 9 1, 3, 5.
Skills Test Laboratory test 15% Week 12 1, 3, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) EOS Theory Exam 30% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Isomers, chiral, aldose (Glucose), ketose (Fructose), L- & D- forms, glycosidic bonds, Mono-/di-/poly- saccharides, Glycogen as a CHO store in humans.

Amino acid (Groups = amino, carboxyl, side-chain), pKa of ionisable groups, peptide bonds, peptides and proteins. Haemoglobin as an allosteric protein; Immunoglobulin structure & function.

Lipids = heterogeneous, fatty acids (acyl chain & carboxyl group/pKa), Glycerol, triacylglycerols, phospholipids, steroids. Nucleic acids: DNA, RNA, nucleotides, nucleosides, nitrogenous bases (A,T,C,G,U), base-pairing.

Active site, Allosteric site, Enzyme kinetics (Km, Vmax, Vo, turnover number), Enzyme regulation (Allosteric , Colavent), Kinase (add phosphate), Phosphatase (remove phosphate), co-enzymes, co-factors, Hormonal regulation of glycogenolysis via covalent & allosteric mechanisms.

Enthalpy (H), Entropy (S), Free-energy (G), Free-energy change (delta G), Standard & non-standard conditions, intermediate electron carriers, (NAD+/NADH, FAD/FADH2), REDOX (reduction/oxidation), reduction potential (E), oxygen as the "terminal electron acceptor".

Glycolysis (Definition & budget), energy investment phase, energy pay-off phase, substrate-level phosphorylation, aerobic v anaerobic conditions, ATP formation, lactate formation, regulation (ATP, fructose 2,6 bisphosphate, hormonal - insulin, glucagon, epinephrine).

Gluconeogenesis - Hepatic (Definition & budget), By-pass reactions, Regulation of gluconeogenesis & glycolysis (Fructose 2,6-bisphosphate, ATP), Hormonal control (insulin, glucagon, epinephrine), Glycogenesis, Glycogenolysis, Pentose Phosphate Pathway - substrate & products.

TCA = Kreb's cycle, Citric Acid Cycle (Definition & budget), REDOX reactions, substrate-level phosphorylation, Oxaloacetate as reactant & product; Pyruvate Dehydrogease (PDH) reaction = oxidative decarboxylation.

Oxidative Phosphorylation (Definition & Budget), Mitochondria, Role of NADH & FADH2, REDOX reactions, Molecular oxygen (O2) as "terminal electron acceptor", Relationship to reduction potential, Chemiosmotic Theory, ATP synthase, ATP production per glucose, ATP/O2 ratio.

Fatty acid catabolism (Consider acyl chains with an "odd" & "even" number of carbons) = B-oxidation (4 reactions), REDOX reactions, Role of NAD+ & FAD; ATP production & ATP/O2 ratio. Fatty acid synthase - use of NADPH as "reducing power", Reaction sequence, Saturated C-16 fatty acid (Palmitate) as product, Essential fatty acids, Synthesis of triacylglycerols. Amino acid degradation, Urea cycle.

The "gene" and processes of gene expression, transcription, translation, genotype, phenotype, regulation by exercise & training.

Approved on: Apr 19, 2022. Edition: 4.6