CHE2871 - Biochemistry for engineers - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Professor Tey Beng Ti

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


BTH2741, BCH2011


This unit focuses on the study of living cells and biological molecules with an 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.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able:

  1. Relate the importance of biochemistry in industry.
  2. Describe the role of basic cell components, the physical and biochemical properties of proteins especially in their roles as enzymes.
  3. Relate the major metabolic pathway and the biosynthesis of economic importance of primary and secondary metabolites.
  4. Relate 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. Demonstrate 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 (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

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

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