Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Chemical Engineering
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Tey Beng Ti


This unit focuses on the study of living cells and biological molecules with a emphasis on their applications in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Topics to be covered include cell biology and structure, fundamental biochemistry of proteins and enzymes, metabolic pathways and biosynthesis of metabolites, molecular biology including central dogma, genetic code, protein synthesis and practical examples of industrial applications.


Upon completing this unit, students are expected to:

  1. have sufficient knowledge to relate the importance of biochemistry in industry
  2. understand the role of basic cell components, the physical and biochemical properties of proteins especially in their roles as enzymes
  3. understand the major metabolic pathway and the biosynthesis of economic importance of primary and secondary metabolites
  4. understand the principles of storage and transmission of genetic information; the control mechanisms which operate at the level of gene expression; and their applications in industry
  5. acquire laboratory skills, including basic cell culture technique; spectophotometric methods to assay proteins; gel electrophoresis analysis for proteins and DNA.


Laboratory work: 20%, Assignments/Tests: 20%, Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures per week, 2 hours of tutorials per week, 24 hours of laboratories per semester and 6 hours of private study per week.

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