Introduction to Biochemistry

BCH20002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 hours face to face + blended

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

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24


Assumed Knowledge
Basic biology, some organic chemistry 

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an introduction to the core concepts of relevance in the fields of biochemistry and biotechnology. This is done in two phases; the first is an introduction to the main classes of biomolecules within the cell, with a special emphasis on how the structure of these molecules determines their biological function, and the second is an examination of the major catabolic pathways, and how they are integrated into the overall metabolism of the cell.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe the properties of biomolecules and predict the behaviour of such molecules from their structure.
2. Name and write structures for representative molecules of the major classes of biochemical.
3. Interpret kinetic data and make predictions based on a simple model of enzyme kinetics.
4. Design and interpret protocols for biochemical assays.
5. Record, analyse and interpret data in the laboratory.
6. Communicate the results of experimental work.
7. Determine amounts and volumes in appropriate units from dilutions, unit conversions etc.