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SPEX11-103: Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
  • Sport
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

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.

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