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SLE212 - Biochemistry

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Bernhard Dichtl


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 practicals per trimester.


Biochemistry is the study of biological molecules that are related to living organisms. In SLE212 students will apply their fundamental knowledge of chemistry, biology and mathematics to describe the structure, chemistry and biology of various classes of biomolecules (amino acids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, fatty acids and nucleic acids). Students will learn about the structure function relationship of proteins and the principles of enzymatic catalysis. They will explore the influence of thermodynamic principles on biochemical processes that sustain life. In practical sessions, students will learn essential skills in biochemical experimentation. They will be required to apply knowledge of chemical and physical principles to investigate how biochemical reactions are dependent upon the chemistry of water, buffers and pH. Classes will complement student learning of the structure-function-interaction of biomolecules.


Examination 40%, 4 x practical reports 40%, in-class 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).

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