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BIO3301 Biochemistry 2

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Robert Learmonth
Moderator: Bernadette McCabe


Pre-requisite: BIO2201


Biochemistry 2 further develops the approaches, concepts and skills imparted in Biochemistry 1. It focuses on structures and functions of membranes, transport of molecules in biological systems, and on the organisation and control of biochemical reactions of metabolism within organisms. Biochemistry 2 is central to studies of biotechnology and biomedical science, and important in studies of animals and microorganisms.


This course focuses on advanced study of membranes, transport of ions and molecules, and integration and control of metabolism in animals, plants and micro-organisms. Control of metabolic reactions is considered from the level of individual enzymes, to cells, to integration throughout the whole organism.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain the principles governing the coordination and regulation of biochemical pathways and metabolism at levels from the cell to the whole organism;
  2. show an understanding of the cellular mechanisms of action of hormones;
  3. demonstrate a knowledge of the current understanding of the structure and function of membrane lipids and proteins;
  4. relate the operation of membranes to structure and function of their components;
  5. demonstrate familiarity with the application and limitations of the major preparative and analytical tools of the biochemist;
  6. demonstrate an awareness of the application of biochemistry in contemporary biological and biophysical sciences.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Metabolism - central pathways, glycogen and fatty acid metabolism 12.00
2. Metabolic control at the cellular level 8.00
3. Integration of metabolism at the whole body level - coordination of metabolism of organs 23.00
4. Hormones - types, mechanisms and role in metabolic control 15.00
5. Membranes - structure, functions, transport 27.00
6. Biochemical research and emerging fields. 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Learmonth, RP 2010, Biochemistry 2 Course and Practical Manual.
    (will be provided to enrolled students via course home page.)
  • Nelson, DL & Cox MM 2008, Lehninger principles of biochemistry, 5th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
    (ISBN 0 7167 4339 6.)
  • Pechenik, JA 2010, A Short Guide to Writing About Biology, 7th edn, Longman, Boston.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Alberts, B et al 2002, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th edn, Garland Press, New York.
  • Berg, JM, Tymoczko, JL & Stryer, L 2007, Biochemistry, 6th edn, WH Freeman, Basingstoke, Palgrave.
  • Elliott, WH & Elliott, DC 2009, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Mathews, CK, Van Holde, KE & Ahern, KG 2000, Biochemistry, 3rd edn, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, San Francisco.
    (Pearson Educ.)
  • Osgood, M & Ocorr, K 2008, The absolute, ultimate guide to Lehninger principles of biochemistry - study guide & solutions manual, 5th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
  • Voet, D, Voet, JG & Pratt, CW 2006, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 3.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 28.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 108.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
1HR CLOSED MID-SEM TEST 60 20 17 Jul 2012 (see note 1)
PRACTICAL WORK 30 30 17 Jul 2012 (see note 2)
2 HR CLOSED EXAM 120 50 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. Examiner to advise date of mid semester test.
  2. Examiner to advise due dates of practical reports in the Course and Practical Manual.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course). (Assessment of Practical Work will comprise evaluation of performance in the laboratory (10%) and of written practical reports and assignments (20%) ).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.
    Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will
    be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate’s possession until appropriate
    disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an
    unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester following this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  2. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  3. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.