• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stefan Broer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course covers the metabolism of the major nutrients, carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. The lectures discuss the metabolism of these nutrients for the generation of energy and the generation of building blocks. Finally an integrated view of metabolism is discussed in particular with respect to the feeding-starving cycle.

Embedded are lectures that introduce principles of protein structure, enzyme function and regulation, and principles of energy metabolism.

Students will participate in a problem–based learning module that covers aspects of biochemistry and nutrition through primary research articles.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Describe the major metabolic pathways involved in the degradation of nutrients in the human body
2. Understand principles of biochemical methods and be able to use them with appropriate instruction
3. Understand the basis of reactivity of biologically relevant molecules and their interactions
4. Critically analyse and evaluate experimental data
5. Critique biochemical methods and use library research to evaluate research data

Other Information

The Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

      • Problem-based learning module (15%; LO 1, 3, 4, 5)
      • Tutorial tests - short answer questions covering lecture material (15%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)       
      • Practical class reports (20%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
      • Final exam covering the complete course material including practical classes (50%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

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        Two lectures per week, six tutorials and four laboratory sessions of four hours each.

        Requisite and Incompatibility

        You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL2171.

        You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

        Prescribed Texts

        Marks Basic Medical Biochemistry, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 4th Ed.


        Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

        If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

        Student Contribution Band:
        Unit value:
        6 units

        If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

        Units EFTSL
        6.00 0.12500
        Domestic fee paying students
        Year Fee
        2020 $4830
        International fee paying students
        Year Fee
        2020 $6420
        Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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        First Semester

        Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
        3691 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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