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SLE212 - Biochemistry

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Stuart Linton


SLE152 or SLE155


SLE010 and recommended study of SBB111 or SLE111

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practical classes per trimester


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit covers the chemistry of amino acids including acid-base equilibria, amino acid analysis and determination of the amino acid sequence of proteins. It also provides a general account of proteins and enzymes including structure, specificity, mechanism of action and control. Other topics covered include: Michaelis-Menten kinetics, coenzymes, allosteric enzymes and enzyme nomenclature; introduction to carbohydrates and lipids with emphasis on structure/function relationships; principles of bioenergetics; nucleic acids, nucleotides, protein synthesis and control; and molecular biology and intermediary metabolism.


Examination 40%, practical work 40%, mid-trimester test 20%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in the unit, students must achieve a minimum of 25 marks of the possible 60 for the examination and mid-trimester test components (combined).

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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