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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Juliana Antonipillai

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7339

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.34A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Assumed Knowledge

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 Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BP311 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Define the principles and fundamental concepts of biochemistry and relate how molecules, pathways, and cells interact in a biological system.
  2. Explain the relationship between the structure of biomolecules and their function in health and disease. 
  3. Competently perform a series of fundamental biochemical techniques.
  4. Perform laboratory calculations for biomedical applications. 
  5. Identify 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 RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS) access via myRMIT.

Additional reference material will be available from the RMIT library.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Early Assessment-Calculations
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO 4

Assessment Task 2: Practical Reports
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Inter-semester Assessment
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Short answer online theory assessment
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5