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Biochemistry (6 points)


Leader: Jenny Mosse

Gippsland First semester 2003 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2003 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2004 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The subject begins with an introduction to biochemical catalysis, including the action of enzymes, the nature of chemical conversions within the cell and the chemistry of aqueous solutions. Next, a study of the structure and function of proteins and biological membranes is undertaken, then the structure of nucleic acids and their packaging within cells and viral particles is considered. This is followed by a study of the mechanisms of synthesis, modification and degradation of nucleic acids and proteins. The mechanisms that control these processes are emphasised. The subject concludes with a brief introduction to the techniques of genetic engineering and their applications.

Assessment: Assignment work: 20% + Practical work: 30% + Examination (3 hours): 50%

Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures per week, 39 hours of laboratory per semester

Prerequisites: BIO1722, CHM1011 or CHM1616

Prohibitions: ASC2646, BCH2011, BCH2031

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