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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]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
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 signaling 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.


Please check the subject outline for pre-requisite subjects.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2017
Semester start15/01/2018
Subject start15/01/2018
Cancellation 1?29/01/2018
Cancellation 2?05/02/2018
Last enrolment28/01/2018
Last withdrawal?09/02/2018
Teaching census?09/02/2018