Course Title: Biochemistry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biochemistry

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


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


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


535T Social Care and Health


Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study:
Students are expected to have completed the specified study of Biochemical Principles (BIOL2363) and may be directed to amend their enrolment if these requirements are not met.  

Course Description

You will acquire skills to perform core biochemistry laboratory techniques such as electrophoresis, chromatography, enzymatic spectrophotometric techniques and immunoassays, incorporating quality assurance processes. 
You will build your skills in critical analysis where you will be interpreting results based on your knowledge and technical capabilities. You will understand how molecular evidence can be used to support the theory of evolution.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. explain the relationship between the structure of biomolecules and their function
  2. use molecular evidence to describe evolutionary relationships between species
  3. describe enzyme structure, function and kinetics, and their use in biochemical tests
  4. evaluate results statistically to show that the method meets quality assurance standards
  5. use core biochemical techniques to evaluate levels of analytes in food or biological samples
  6. record, analyse and report experimental results to a scientific standard

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following 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. 
  • Working in groups to develop teamwork skills and to create a supported learning environment
  • Use of learning 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 the learning management system 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 textbook: Pratt CW, Cornely K (2013) Essential Biochemistry 3rd Edition, Wiley, USA including access to "WileyPlus" online system

Overview of Assessment


Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task:  Online Quiz

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Practical Reports

Weighting 40%, two practical reports worth 20% each

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 3: Quizzes

Weighting 30% , mid semester and end of semester quizzes worth 15% each

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment 4: Logbook/Laboratory Analysis

Weighting 25%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6