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BIO2119 Human Biochemistry 1

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Sunil Panchal
Moderator: Lindsay Brown


Pre-requisite: CHE2120

Other requisites



This course provides an introduction to the major classes of biochemical compounds, their chemistry and structural aspects. It also considers central metabolism, metabolic control and metabolic abnormalities.


Biochemistry is essentially the description of life at the molecular level. The chemical and physical nature of structures and functions within living cells is studied. This course allows students to develop an understanding of the major classes of biochemical compounds found in living organisms the metabolism of these compounds and control of metabolism, with a focus on human health. In the on-campus mode for this course, teaching content will be available on-line, whilst tutorials will be delivered on-campus as a 2 hour session per week.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the major classes of biochemical compounds, enzymes and bioenergetics (All assessments)
  2. describe the action of enzymes and their applications metabolism (All assessments)
  3. demonstrate an awareness of the core metabolic processes (All assessments)
  4. demonstrate familiarity with metabolic control mechanisms and the impacts of abnormal metabolism (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Biological macromolecules, enzymes and bioenergetics 30.00
2. Central metabolism for energy and for inter-conversion of biomolecules important in health 40.00
3. Metabolic control and abnormal states such as starvation and diabetes mellitus 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Nelson, DL & Cox, MM 2013, Lehninger principles of biochemistry, 6th edn, WH Freeman, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Berg, JM, Tymoczko, JL & Stryer, L 2007, Biochemistry, 6th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
  • Devlin, TM 2011, Biochemistry with clinical correlations, 7th edn, John Wiley and Sons, New York.
  • Elliott, WH & Elliott, DC 2009, Biochemistry and molecular biology, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Mathews, CK, Van Holde, KE & Ahern, KG 2000, Biochemistry, 3rd edn, The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, California.
  • Osgood, M & Ocorr, K 2008, The absolute, ultimate guide to Lehninger principles of biochemistry - study guide & solutions manual, 5th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
  • Voet, D, Voet, JG & Pratt, CW 2012, Fundamentals of biochemistry, 4th edn, John Wiley and Sons, New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 30.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 62.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 04 Mar 2014 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 20 04 Mar 2014 (see note 2)
2HR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION PTA 30 30 End S1 (see note 3)
2HR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION PTB 30 30 End S1 (see note 4)

  1. The examiner will advise the requirements and due dates for assignments.
  2. The examiner will advise the requirements and due dates for assignments.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.
  4. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximize their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //