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BIOC192 Foundations of Biochemistry

An introduction to the structure and function of proteins as essential elements of life processes; principles of enzymology; introductory bioenergetics; conservation of the energy of food for body processes; digestion and catabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates; terminal pathways of oxidation, anaerobic and aerobic metabolism, mitochondrial metabolism; energy storage and utilisation; the molecular basis of disease; illustrative topics in metabolism.

If you've ever wondered how living things work, where they get their energy from, how they make the components they need or what it is that your genes do, then biochemistry is for you. Biochemists describe life by applying the molecular approach of chemistry to the study of biological molecules. Biochemists also explore the molecular basis of disease, generating insights into how disease can be managed and treated. Biochemistry occupies a central place in the life sciences. It is fundamental to our understanding of the structure, function and development of all life. It doesn't matter which area of biology you are interested in, biochemistry will enhance your understanding of life.

Paper title Foundations of Biochemistry
Paper code BIOC192
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Prerequisite
CHEM 191 or CHEM 112
Restriction
BIOC 111
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
BIOC 192 is suitable for a broad range of life science students. It is a prerequisite for entry into health professional programmes and the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. A variety of Bachelor of Science (and other degree) major/minor subjects will include BIOC 192 in their requirements, including those intending to major/minor in Biochemistry.
Contact
biochem.tf@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Tony Zaharic
Tel 03 479 5628
Textbooks
A variety of textbooks are suitable for BIOC 192. In the past we have recommended "Biochemistry" by M.K. Campbell and S.O. Farrell, Cengage Learning publishers.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Gain an understanding of the major paradigms in protein biochemistry and human carbon metabolism
  • Gain recognition of the relationship between molecular structure/function and human health
  • Gain familiarity with the language of biochemistry
  • Develop the ability to integrate material across the discipline
  • Appreciate the relationship between biochemistry and other pre-clinical sciences
  • Recognise that biochemical knowledge is evidence-based
  • Appreciate the principles of scientific method and how they can be applied to the design and interpretation of experiments
  • Gain exposure to and competence in a variety of techniques for analysing biological molecules
  • Develop and appreciate the value of intellectual independence
  • Encourage students to be enthusiastic about biochemistry
  • Ensure students are adequately prepared for advancement to both clinical and non-clinical 200-level papers

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Monday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
L2 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
L3 Monday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P2 Monday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P3 Monday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P4 Monday 18:00-20:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P5 Monday 18:00-20:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P6 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P7 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P8 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P9 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P10 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P11 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P12 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P13 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P14 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P15 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P16 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P17 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P18 Thursday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P19 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P20 Thursday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P21 Friday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P22 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41

An introduction to the structure and function of proteins as essential elements of life processes; principles of enzymology; introductory bioenergetics; conservation of the energy of food for body processes; digestion and catabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates; terminal pathways of oxidation, anaerobic and aerobic metabolism, mitochondrial metabolism; energy storage and utilisation; the molecular basis of disease; illustrative topics in metabolism.

If you've ever wondered how living things work, where they get their energy from, how they make the components they need or what it is that your genes do, then biochemistry is for you. Biochemists describe life by applying the molecular approach of chemistry to the study of biological molecules. Biochemists also explore the molecular basis of disease, generating insights into how disease can be managed and treated. Biochemistry occupies a central place in the life sciences. It is fundamental to our understanding of the structure, function and development of all life. It doesn't matter which area of biology you are interested in, biochemistry will enhance your understanding of life.

Paper title Foundations of Biochemistry
Paper code BIOC192
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
CHEM 191
Schedule C
Science
Notes
Students who have passed the terms test and laboratory assessment for CHEM 191 in the first semester, but failed the paper overall, may be admitted to BIOC 192 if they have passed CELS 191.
Eligibility
BIOC 192 is suitable for a broad range of life science students. It is a prerequisite for entry into health professional programmes and the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. A variety of Bachelor of Science (and other degree) major/minor subjects will include BIOC 192 in their requirements, including those intending to major/minor in Biochemistry.
Contact
biochem.tf@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Tony Zaharic
Tel 03 479 5628
Textbooks
A variety of textbooks are suitable for BIOC 192. In the past we have recommended "Biochemistry" by M.K. Campbell and S.O. Farrell, Cengage Learning publishers.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Gain an understanding of the major paradigms in protein biochemistry and human carbon metabolism
  • Gain recognition of the relationship between molecular structure/function and human health
  • Gain familiarity with the language of biochemistry
  • Develop the ability to integrate material across the discipline
  • Appreciate the relationship between biochemistry and other pre-clinical sciences
  • Recognise that biochemical knowledge is evidence-based
  • Appreciate the principles of scientific method and how they can be applied to the design and interpretation of experiments
  • Gain exposure to and competence in a variety of techniques for analysing biological molecules
  • Develop and appreciate the value of intellectual independence
  • Encourage students to be enthusiastic about biochemistry
  • Ensure students are adequately prepared for advancement to both clinical and non-clinical 200-level papers

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Monday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
L2 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
L3 Monday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P2 Monday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P3 Monday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P4 Monday 18:00-20:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P5 Monday 18:00-20:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P6 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P7 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P8 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P9 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P10 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P11 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P12 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P13 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P14 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P15 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P16 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P17 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P18 Thursday 09:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P19 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P20 Thursday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
P21 Friday 09:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
P22 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41