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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 & spectroscopy techniques.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the structure of biomolecules and be able to relate their function to the important and relevant aspects of their structure.
2. Apply this knowledge and understanding to problems requiring qualitative explanation as well as quantitative solutions of acid-base and enzyme kinetics problems.
3. Locate information relating to various chemical topics and interpret appropriate data.
4. Develop a sound understanding of the molecular mechanisms in a number of important cell signalling cascades.
5. Develop competency in report writing and the critical appraisal of scientific literature.
6. Demonstrate competencies in more advanced biochemical techniques including chromatography, spectrophotometry and electrophoresis.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens11/11/2018
Semester start14/01/2019
Subject start14/01/2019
Cancellation 1?28/01/2019
Cancellation 2?04/02/2019
Last enrolment27/01/2019
Last withdrawal?08/02/2019
Teaching census?08/02/2019