BCH2022 - Metabolic basis of human diseases - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Dr Peter Boag


Dr Nirma Samarawickrema

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


BMS1011 or BCH2011


BTH2757, BMS2021


A general outline of cellular metabolism is provided. The material presented will illustrate normal metabolic pathways and their dysfunction in various human diseases and conditions including diabetes, alcoholism, starvation, glycogen storage diseases and juvenile developmental problems. The biochemical basis of hormonal regulation and nutrition, in both famine and disease, is presented.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the function, interrelationship and regulation of the biochemical pathways used to generate biological energy;
  2. Discuss the biosynthesis and explain the role of carbohydrates and lipids in metabolism;
  3. Use case studies of human disorders to illustrate how metabolic processes are regulated and integrated in cells and tissues;
  4. Relate how nutrition impacts on cellular biochemistry;
  5. Evaluate clinically relevant metabolic problems from a biochemical viewpoint and communicate effectively to diverse audiences;
  6. Apply scientific methodology and relevant laboratory techniques to define essential steps in biochemical pathways.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Quizzes: 10%

Examination (3 hours): 60% (Hurdle)

Practicals and in-class exercises: 30% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy-2017.html) of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

Six hours of directed learning (lectures, workshops, pre- and post-class activities, practicals and tutorials) per week

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