Course Title: Introduction to Medical Biochemistry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Medical Biochemistry

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Peter Roche

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7078

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.017

Course Coordinator Availability: email for an appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolled in this course are assumed to have knowledge in CHEM1240 Chemistry for Life Sciences (Course ID 038153) and BIOL2272 Biology of the cell (Course ID 038192); OR equivalent knowledge in Chemistry and Biology at an undergraduate level.

Course Description

The course is of one semester duration and provides an introduction to biochemistry for undergraduates at the first-year level.

The course will present an overview of the fundamental principles of elementary medical biochemistry and will discuss specific topics relevant to the disciplines of biomedical / pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy and laboratory medicine in the 21st Century.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine):

  • Knowledge capability (PLO 1)
  • Technical capability (PLO 2)
  • Professional work practices (PLO 3)


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science:

  • Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO 2)


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP311 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences:

  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO 1)
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO 2)


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for

BH102 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours):

Promote and contribute to optimal use of medicines (D7)


On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Discuss the central role of biochemistry as a core discipline within the medical sciences. 

2. Describe the principles and fundamental concepts of biochemistry and have an awareness of how molecules, pathways, cells and organs interact in a controlled fashion to create and maintain a living organism.

3. Discuss the relationship between the structure of biomolecules and their function. 

4. Perform a selected number of biochemical techniques.


5. Perform calculations using chemistry/biochemistry-based formulae in a biomedical laboratory setting. 

6. Discuss key applications of biochemistry which are relevant to biomedical/pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy and laboratory medicine. 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course include lectures, practical classes, class discussions and feedback from online quizzes.

Students carry the role of being an active learner and have the responsibility of attending and actively participating in all planned student learning experiences, i.e. lectures and practical classes, reading all relevant references and undertaking other private study that will benefit the objectives and capabilities of the course.


Overview of Learning Resources

Students will use recommended textbooks and will be able to access lecture notes/recordings and additional learning material through the RMIT Blackboard system (access via myRMIT).

Additional reference material will be available from the RMIT library.

Overview of Assessment


☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task: Online Quizzes 

Weighting 10%

This assessment task provides formative feedback and supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.

Assessment Task 2: Practical Reports

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6


Assessment Task 3: Mid-semester Test

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6


Assessment 4: Final Exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6