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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jenny Mosse (Gippsland); Dr Ton So Ha (Sunway)


The unit begins with a general overview of metabolism and bioenergetics. This is followed by a comprehensive survey of cellular metabolism including: the generation of energy from major dietary components: carbohydrate, protein and lipid; the biosynthesis of carbohydrates, lipids and nucleotides; and amino acid metabolism. A study of photosynthesis illustrates the linkage between electron transport systems and biosyntheses. The integration and control of cellular biochemistry and the role of hormones in metabolic regulation is emphasised.


On the completion of this unit students should understand the mechanisms involved in the storage and processing of metabolic fuels and the control of metabolic reaction sequences; the specialised metabolic role of various tissues; the integration and regulation of metabolic processes. Students should demonstrate advanced laboratory skills, in particular data collection/interpretation and report writing.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Jenny Mosse

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week and 36 hours laboratory classes per semester


CHM1011 and one of BIO1022 or BIO1722