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SLE212 - Biochemistry

Unit details

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


EFTSL value:0.125
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 practicals per trimester.


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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