Advanced Biochemistry

BCH80001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 hours

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22


75 Credit Points 
Assumed knowledge:
Basic biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology

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, the advanced theoretical concepts and techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology that underpin the developments of molecular sciences and biotechnology. The practical component will aim to make the students highly competent in several experimental and computer-based techniques in these areas.

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of the chemistry and functionality of proteins, nucleic acids and other biomolecules, and their relevance to specific problems and research directions in field such as human health, agriculture and 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. Exhibit, in a highly competent manner, diverse analytical and preparative equipment, laboratory technologies and computer-based tools, for isolation, purification and/or 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.