• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Chemistry, Biology
  • Specialisation code BCHM-SPEC

Biochemistry is a scientific discipline that combines biological and chemical concepts and methods. It is focused on the understanding of molecules that are relevant to biological processes. These can be small molecules that form part of metabolic pathways, chemical compounds that bind to biological molecules and macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins. Biochemistry as a discipline investigates the structure and function of these molecules either in isolation or in a cellular context. Biochemists generate and modify molecules to understand their function and design molecules with novel properties.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Combine chemical and biological concepts to understand the structure and function of molecules that are relevant to biological processes.

  2. Integrate chemical and biological concepts and ideas to solve problems of a biochemical nature.

  3. Have well developed laboratory based skills in methods that investigate biomolecules.

  4. Undertake appropriate risk assessments and use biochemicals in a safe manner.

  5. Use software and instrumentation for the acquisition, processing and analysis of biochemical data.

  6. Access relevant biochemical literature and use it to present well constructed arguments based on sound biochemical reasoning.

  7. Perform both collaborative and independent research in a professional manner.

  8. Communicate biochemical concepts clearly and accurately to an expert or a non-expert audience.

  9. Recognise the interdisciplinary nature of biochemistry and its underlying significance in other areas of science, such as medicine.

  10. Perceive the ethical and social dimensions of practising biochemistry.

Other Information

First year students should enrol in CHEM1101CHEM1201 and BIOL1004.

Prerequisites for later year courses not covered by compulsory courses: CHEM3201 requires CHEM2202 & CHEM2210.

Any student wishing to undertake Honours in Chemistry must complete the minimum of the equivalent of a Major in Chemistry; to undertake honours in Biology they must have completed a major in Biology or Chemistry. Students can seek further course advice from the convener of this Biochemistry specialisation.

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This specialisation may only be undertaken in conjunction with one of the following majors:

This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

 12 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

BIOL2171 Biochemistry and Nutrition (6 units)

CHEM2208 Chemical Biology 2 (6 units)

12 units from the completion of courses from the following course list:

BIOL3107 Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry (6 units)

BIOL3108 Hallmarks of Cancer (6 units)

BIOL3188 ANU SynBio Challenge Team Project (6 units)

BIOL3208 Biology Research Project (6 units)

BIOL3209 Biology Research Project (12 units)

CHEM3201 Synthetic Aspects of Medicinal Chemistry (6 units)

CHEM3204 Structural Methods in Chemical Biology (6 units)

CHEM3207 Current Topics in Chemical Biology (6 units)

CHEM3060 Research Project in Chemistry (6 units)

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