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Unit Overview

This unit defines normal parameters of nutrition throughout life, including trace element requirements, energy balance and body weight. In addition, students gain a comprehensive understanding of metabolism and learn about several metabolic disorders, as well as diabetes.
6 points
Not available in 2022UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biochemistry of Nutrition major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of human cell function at the molecular level and how dysfunction in these cellular processes leads to disease states; (2) develop generic skills of teamwork, report writing, laboratory book keeping and biochemical calculations; and (3) acquire, practice and demonstrate skills in modern cell and molecular biology techniques.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) theory components of the unit are assessed by mid-semester tests and an end-of-semester examination; (2) laboratory practical components are assessed in laboratory reports and a laboratory test; and (3) calculations sessions are examined in a calculations test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter Arthur & Dr Alyssa Van Dreumel
Unit rules
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell or Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function or Unit(s) PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and Successful completion of one Unit(s) PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 45 minute lectures per week for a total of 22 lectures;
practical laboratory classes: 5 x 6 hour laboratories;
mid-semester test (45 minutes)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.