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BIOC230 Biochemistry

Gene and genome structure and function. DNA replication. Genetic code and protein synthesis. Concepts of DNA cloning and gene analysis in disease and forensics. Concepts of gene therapy. Concepts of energy metabolism involving carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Regulation and integration of metabolism. Cell signalling in health and disease.

The replication of the genome of an organism in cell division and the expression of genes during the life of a cell are central to the functioning of the organism. Molecular level understanding of the gene complement of the genome is critical for understanding health and disease processes. Gene expression produces proteins, many of which catalyse reactions in metabolic pathways involved with the inter-conversion of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids that are essential for energy production and cell function. All of these cellular activities require coordination and control mediated by cell signalling processes. BIOC 230 is complementary to and extends the biochemistry covered in the first-year paper BIOC 192, providing a foundation of biochemistry that will enhance a wide variety of programmes in health sciences.

Paper title Biochemistry
Paper code BIOC230
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,914.00

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BIOC 192 and CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 18 further points
(BIOC 221 and BIOC 222 and BIOC 223), MELS 230, PHCY 231, HUNT 221
Schedule C
This paper is suitable for a broad range of students undertaking biology and health science programmes. This paper provides a foundation of biochemistry combined with BIOC 192 that is suitable for students who do not wish to advance further in biochemistry. BIOC 230 is a terminating paper, it is not possible to pursue advanced biochemistry papers from this paper.
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Alan Carne


Campbell, Farrell and McDougall, Biochemistry 9th Edtn, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary biochemistry, molecular life sciences and related scientific fields
  • Appropriately communicate biochemical concepts to both specialist and general audiences
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 15-16, 18-22
B1 Thursday 08:00-08:50 9-16, 18-22
C1 Friday 08:00-08:50 9-15, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-16, 18-22