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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Applied Sciences and Engineering
Campus(es)Gippsland, Malaysia
CoordinatorMs Jenny Mosse (Gippsland); Dr Emily Goh Joo Kheng (Malaysia)


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Biochemistry deals with the chemical components and genetic material of living cells in order to understand the molecular events that underlie all biological processes. These are important in human and animal biology, medicine, agriculture, forensic science and biotechnology. Biochemistry opens up our understanding of the causes of disease and provides the basis of the development of effective treatments.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate broad knowledge of the biomolecules, machinery and information flow within living cells, and an appreciation of how these underpin all biological processes, in both normal and diseased states
  • demonstrate knowledge of key facets of modern biochemistry including: proteins and structural biology, bioinformatics, advanced molecular biology, cell organisation, signal transduction and its role in diseases such as cancer; and the identification of drug targets
  • demonstrate proficiency in core biochemical laboratory techniques, understanding both the principles and applications of these methods within the molecular biosciences
  • demonstrate familiarity with the risk assessment process, and use this information to operate safely in the laboratory environment
  • collect, organise, analyse, evaluate and interpret biochemical data using appropriate quantitative, technological and critical thinking skills
  • critically evaluate relevant scientific data and literature and comprehend the nature and scope of the scientific literature in biochemistry and related areas
  • communicate biochemical principles and information effectively to diverse audiences, using a variety of formats
  • work and learn effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a manner that respects the needs and views of others.


Level one

Level two

Level three

  • BTH3741 Medical cell biology
  • BTH3752 Molecular biology and biotechnology
  • CHM3930 Medicinal chemistry
  • SCI3990 Science in action research project

Sequence requirements

Minor sequence in applied biochemistry (24 points)

Major sequence in applied biochemistry (48 points)

Requirements for honours in biochemistry

  • 24 points of relevant level-three units, of which 18 points are normally from units listed above.

Additional information


In addition to the requirements listed above, students must meet the entry requirements for the science honours program relevant to the course of enrolment. See the entry for 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science for full details regarding the course structure for honours in biochemistry.

First level units provide essential foundation knowledge in chemistry and cell biology. Second level units introduce in depth investigations of cellular biochemistry, cell metabolism and recombinant DNA technology which are extended at level three. The incorporation of project work at levels two and three enables students to develop key research skills.

Relevant courses

0050 Bachelor of Science