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BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
This unit considers the structure and function relationship of proteins, including, but not limited to, how protein structure is determined, how it is modified, interacts and forms signalling and metabolic networks in cells. Organelle biogenesis and metabolism are also a focus as are genome content and evolution. Outcomes of the postgenomics age is explored through genomic, proteomic and metabolomic technologies and the information gained from them.
Students are able to (1) understand and have an appreciation for the relationship between protein structure and function; (2) describe the metabolic functions and biogenesis of organelles; (3) understand and describe how proteins are modified and interact to form metabolic and signalling networks; (4) understand and describe how protein structure is determined; and (5) understand and describe how proteins are modified and interact to form metabolic and signalling networks.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes consisting of multiple-choice and/or short answer questions; (2) worksheets; and (3) attendance and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nathan Tivendale
Unit rules
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science and Successful completion of Unit(s) BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I or Successful completion of two Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function or equivalent
Unit(s) BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function and Unit(s) BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry
Contact hours
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
  • 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.