Course Title: Biochemical Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biochemical Principles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


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


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

          Required prior study:
Students are expected to have completed the specified study of Chemistry (CHEM1256) and Biological Principles (BIOL2365) and may be directed to amend their enrolment if these requirements are not met

Course Description

In this course you will acquire the fundamental skills and knowledge to work safely and appropriately in the biochemistry laboratory to perform a range of routine tests. You will gain an understanding of the structure and function of important Biological molecules. This course will provide you with a foundation for further learning in second year courses such Biochemistry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. explain the relationship between the structure and function of biological molecules such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids
2. demonstrate sound knowledge of organic & inorganic molecules and biochemical processes
3. demonstrate an understanding of how molecules, pathways and cells are vital to living organisms
4. safely carry out a range of laboratory techniques including spectrophotometry, electrophoresis and the extraction of DNA


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science:
1. Knowledge Capability: develop an understanding of appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply that knowledge in a wide range of situations, including new situations within the professional discipline.
2. Technical Capability: the selection and use of appropriate laboratory and other materials and equipment and the ability to employ them in a safe and responsible manner to achieve the desired outcome. This will include the ability to follow standard operating procedures.
3. Problem Solving: apply scientific principles and methods to identify and solve problems associated with a particular area of professional expertise.
5. Teamwork: contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities and decision making processes

Overview of Learning Activities


• Face to face teaching to obtain an understanding of the fundamentals of Biochemistry.
• Laboratory work to give to you the skills in a range of instrument handling and routine laboratory techniques. It is also designed to build skills in critical analysis where you will be interpreting results based on your knowledge and technical capabilities.
• Simulation, videos, and laboratory sessions: to understand the key concepts of Biochemistry and its practical applications, and how to apply theory to practice. The lab work/simulations allow you to develop skills in understanding principles and critical analysis.
• Working in groups to develop teamwork skills and to create a supported learning environment
• Use of Blackboard management system to access learning resources

Overview of Learning Resources

You will use the current laboratory manual for each practical class. You will need to access Blackboard on a weekly basis to prepare for theory and practical classes. You will also need to read sections of the recommended textbook and may be referred to other resources available in the Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide.
Recommended text book: Bettelheim, Brown, Campbell, Farrell and Torres (2015)
Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry, latest Edition. Cengage Learning, Australia

Overview of Assessment


Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task: online quiz
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1
Assessment Task 2: two practical reports
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 3: two written exams
Weighting 60%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4
Assessment 4: logbook
Weighting 10% each
This assessment supports CLOs 4
Assessment 5: Practical test
Weighting 0% pass grade only
This assessment supports CLO 4

Note: CLO is a Course Learning Outcome