An introductory biochemistry course covering the fundamental concepts of protein structure and function as well as metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids. The focus will be on energy transactions in a physiological context including glucose homeostasis and muscle metabolism in mammals. A lecture and problem-based tutorial course involving specific case studies will be complemented by a hands-on laboratory course.

Course code

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Course planning information

Course notes

An A pass is required in 123103 in order to enrol in 122102. The final examination will be an online supervised examination using remote invigilation.

All assessments are compulsory. To pass the course students must achieve at least 50% in the Practical Skills Evaluation and at least 40% in the Final Exam.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first
123101 or 123104 or 123103 (A pass required)

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.


Similar content
122222, 227111, 227106

You cannot enrol in this course if you have passed (or are enrolled in) any of the course(s) above as these courses have similar content or content at a higher level.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe and explain (using diagrams and written text) the basic concepts of protein structure and how these relate to protein (and enzyme) function in health and disease using specific examples.
  • 2 Use annotated diagrams and written text to describe the structures and functions of common carbohydrates, lipids, and biological membranes, and the movement of molecules across membranes in mammalian systems.
  • 3 Describe and explain (using diagrams and written text) how energy is obtained from the environment (including digestion and absorption) and utilised by mammals in the context of key metabolic pathways (carbohydrates, lipids and proteins) and their regulation.
  • 4 Discuss the connections between carbohydrate, lipid and amino metabolism in the context of glucose homeostasis.
  • 5 Work as a team to carry out introductory biochemical laboratory procedures (including quantitative and qualitative analysis of biological samples as well as using internet resources), and collect and evaluate experimental data.
  • 6 Solve simple numerical biochemical problems relevant to theory and practical work.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 3 30%
Test 5 6 20%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 50%
Participation 5 6 0%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Highly recommended


2ND 2018
Students can continue to use 1st edition also

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