Medical Biochemistry

Unit code: RBM2560 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
St Albans
RBM1528 - Human Physiology 2; or
RBF1310 - Biology 1; and
RCS1602 - Chemistry 1B
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


The aim of this unit is to provide a foundation in biochemical principles with special emphasis on medical and nutritional applications. Firstly, foundations of biochemistry will be covered, including biological buffers and structures of genes, biological macromolecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Other topics covered include enzymes, bioenergetics and carbohydrate metabolism pathways, protein synthesis and modification. The clinical significance of various metabolic disorders will be discussed from a biochemical perspective.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Examine the structure and function of genes, biological macromolecules and how buffers work;
  2. Discriminate between the structure of various proteins and review the processes by which proteins are purified and analysed;
  3. Identify and analyse the nature and behaviour of enzymes and their reactions; and
  4. Map and articulate metabolic pathways in bioenergetics and investigate the biochemical basis of metabolic diseases;

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Tests x 2 (30 min each)
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 30%
Practical Reports x 2 (1000 words each)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 20%
Written submission (1000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Oral Presentation (5mins)

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