Advanced Biochemistry

BCH30003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

The unit aims to provide students with a depth of knowledge of a number of selected topics in biochemistry that will build upon the foundations established in earlier subjects. The main themes to be explored are, aspects of cell biology, and the techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology that underpin the developments of molecular sciences and biotechnology. The practical component will aim to make the students competent in several experimental and computer-based techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Develop and demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of gene and protein functionalities and their relevance to specific problems and research directions in field such as human health, agriculture environmental sciences
2. Explain some of the complexities of cellular control mechanisms in higher organisms, such as diverse signal transduction pathways, cell cycle control, and molecular basis of selected diseases
3. Develop and demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of the laboratory technologies and computer-based tools used for analyses of genes, proteins or other biochemical compounds
4. Demonstrate advanced level skills in theoretical and/or practical problem solving, critical analysis of data, communication.