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BIO2119 Biochemistry of Nutrition

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Biochemistry of Nutrition
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010901 - Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Sarah Myer


Co-requisite: CHE2120


Biochemistry is one of the core disciplines of biomedical science and its study provides insight into the chemical processes that exist in both the healthy and diseased human body. Biochemistry is essentially the study of life at the molecular level and explains the chemical and physical nature of structures and functions within cells. Biochemistry of Nutrition focuses on the study of the chemical components of food, and how these chemicals are normally metabolised in the human body and how the dysfunction of this metabolism can lead to disorders and disease.


Biochemistry of Nutrition provides an introduction to the biochemical basis of nutrition, focussing on the structure and function of the macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids) and the mechanisms by which diet affects health and can cause dysfunction and disease in the body. It will also introduce the concepts of metabolism, metabolic control and metabolic abnormalities that will be presented in greater detail in BIO3219.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. explain how the molecular structure of food impacts on cellular metabolism
  2. describe the action of enzymes and their roles in regulating biochemical processes in the body
  3. explain the impact of malnutrition on the body's biochemistry
  4. explain the mechanisms controlling metabolism and the consequences of abnormal metabolism
  5. employ critical thinking and scientific writing skills to generate critiques on research publications


Description Weighting(%)
1. Biochemistry of food 30.00
2. Central metabolism for energy and for inter-conversion of biomolecules important in health 20.00
3. Malnutrition states such as starvation and diabetes mellitus 20.00
4. Critical thinking in biochemistry research 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Nelson, DL & Cox, MM 2017, Lehninger principles of biochemistry, 7th edn, WH Freeman, New York.

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.
Berg, JM, Tymoczko, JL & Stryer, L 2015, Biochemistry, 8th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
Devlin, TM 2010, Textbook of biochemistry with clinical correlations, 7th edn, John Wiley and Sons, New York.
Elliott, WH & Elliott, DC 2018, Biochemistry and molecular biology, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Mathews, CK, Van Holde, KE & Ahern, KG 2013, Biochemistry, 4th edn, The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, California.
Osgood, M & Ocorr, K 2013, The absolute, ultimate guide to Lehninger principles of biochemistry - study guide & solutions manual, 6th edn, WH Freeman, New York.
Voet, D, Voet, JG & Pratt, CW 2015, Fundamentals of biochemistry, 5th edn, John Wiley and Sons, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Private Study 106.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 20 20 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 20 20 16 Jul 2019 (see note 2)
EXAMINATION 60 60 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

  1. The examiner will advise the requirements and due dates for assignments.
  2. The examiner will advise the requirements and due dates for assignments.

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam (Part A) 30 30 (see exam note 1)
Exam (Part B) 30 30

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    Candidates are only allowed to access specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    i. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    ii. calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).
    iii. Students whose first language is not English, may take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic 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 next examination period.

  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. 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.