BTH2752 - Cellular metabolism - 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.



Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tan Ji Wei


Dr Tan Ji Wei

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


CHM1011 or CHM1051, plus one of BIO1011, BIO1022 or BIO1722




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 biosynthesis. 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;
  2. Discuss mechanisms for control of metabolic reaction sequences;
  3. Describe the specialised metabolic role of various tissues;
  4. Explain how metabolic processes are integrated and regulated;
  5. Demonstrate advanced laboratory skills;
  6. Collect, interpret and present experimental data in an accessible and appropriate format.


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 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Assignment work: 20%

Practical work: 30%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Workload requirements

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

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