Faculty of Science

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Science, Malaysia


Associate Professor Jenny Mosse (Gippsland); Dr Michelle Yap Khai Khun (Malaysia)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Off-campus)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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 completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the mechanisms involved in the storage and processing of metabolic fuels;

  1. Discuss mechanisms for control of metabolic reaction sequences;

  1. Describe the specialised metabolic role of various tissues;

  1. Explain how metabolic processes are integrated and regulated;

  1. Demonstrate advanced laboratory skills;

  1. Collect, interpret and present experimental data in an accessible and appropriate format.


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

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


CHM1011 or CHM1051, plus one of BIO1022 or BIO1722