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VCP2091 - Biochemistry

3 points, SCA Band 2, 0.063 EFTSL

Undergraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Dr Helen Irving and Dr Daniel Malone


Parkville First semester 2007 (Day)


Structure and molecular properties of Biomolecules. Receptors, hormones and signalling processes. Metabolism. Catabolic pathways, synthetic pathways, energy production, control of metabolism. Information transfer (gene structure and regulation). Protein sythesis. Molecular biology.


Students will develop an:


Examination: 70% (2 hours), On-going assessments 20%, Practical Work 10%

The examination and on-going assessments will test all three major objectives whereas the practical component will be more focussed on assessing objective number 2.

Contact hours

39 (13 weeks of 3) lectures, 5 tutorials and 6 x 3 hour practical sessions. Successful completion of this unit will require participants to allocate an average of 3-5 hour per week for 13 weeks (a total of 1-2 hours per study period [lecture]).


1st year units from Bachelor of Pharmacy.