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,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 2 2024

Course Coordinator: Danielle Kibell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed the following courses before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

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:

BH129 Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours)
BH102 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
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. 
  3. Competently perform a series of fundamental biochemical techniques.
  4. Perform laboratory calculations for biomedical applications. 
  5. Identify key fundamental health and medical applications of biochemistry. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Early Assessment-Calculations Assignment
Weighting 16%
This assessment task supports CLO 4

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester Test
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 3: Practical Assessment
Weighting 24%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Final Theory Exam (Invigilated face-to-face)
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.