BIOC3004 Biochemistry in Health and Disease

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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 and (2) develop generic skills of teamwork, report writing, laboratory book keeping and biochemical calculations.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Howard
Unit rules
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
(BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell)
BIOC3001 Molecular Biology, BIOC3002 Structural and Functional Biochemistry, BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function, BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry, PHCY3302 Nutrition, Health and Drug Development
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