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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alfons Lawen (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)


This unit covers the biochemical principles of cellular metabolic regulation, metabolic interrelationship of tissues, biochemical events associated with the fed and fasted states, the generation of metabolic energy by oxidation of macronutrients. It discusses hormone action and the biochemical basis of diseases and gives an overview of tissue metabolism. It covers the biochemical mechanism of cell growth, differentiation and death. It gives an introduction to molecular medicine based on the specialised tissue metabolism of blood and brain cells.


Proposed new objectives
On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. discuss how energy and nutrients are supplied to mammalian cells and how metabolism is regulated and integrated.
  2. discuss the mechanisms by which cells communicate to coordinate metabolism, cell growth, differentiation and cell death.
  3. describe the mechanisms by which precursor cells differentiate into mature cells.
  4. explain the biochemiscal basis of selected diseases
  5. demonstate an ability to present, analyse and interpret data from biochemical/cell biological experiments clearly and concisely in oral and written form.
  6. demonstrate the ability to work in a team.


End-of-year-exam (short answer questions only): 55%
Continuous Small Group Teaching and Learning Session performance: 30%
On-line quizzes: 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Alfons Lawen

Contact hours

3 lectures per week and 3 hours practical or equivalent




Must be enrolled in course code 2230; 2341; 3356; 3528; 3804; or 3879.


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