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    Metabolism provides the fuels and molecules for life. How metabolic processes are regulated and coordinated in animals. Human disease states that arise from metabolic imbalances.

    All living organisms require energy. Plants absorb light energy which is the basis for almost all of the food that animals eat. But what happens to the food once it gets into the organism? BIOC 223 gives insights into how nutrients are processed and energy stored, how energy is utilised under different conditions, and the excretory pathways by which waste is eventually eliminated. There is a particular focus on the way in which these pathways are interconnected and controlled and how cells "talk" to one another and disease states that occur when controls go awry. BIOC 223 will complement and enhance programmes such as human nutrition, physiology and neurobiology.

    About this paper

    Paper title Cellular Biochemistry and Metabolism
    Subject Biochemistry
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    BIOC 192 and CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 18 further points
    BIOC 230, MELS 230 and PHCY 231 passed before 2019
    Recommended Preparation
    BIOC 221
    Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
    BIOC 222
    Schedule C
    BIOC 223 is particularly relevant for students majoring in Human Nutrition.
    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes

    Voet, D., Voet, J. G., and Pratt, C. W. Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes
    • Work effectively both independently and as a team
    • Describe, using the language of biochemistry, the fundamental processes of biological systems using examples primarily from human metabolism
    • Describe the inter-relationships and regulation of the major biochemical processes in the whole organism
    • Explain the principles underlying the common experimental techniques and instrumentation used in acquiring biochemical information
    • Design and carry out experiments that use basic techniques to address biochemical and metabolic problems
    • Obtain experimental data using these techniques, and discuss and communicate the interpretation of such data in the context of overall knowledge of biochemistry
    • Illustrate how biochemical knowledge can be applied to biological problems of human metabolism
    • Acquire new information from textbooks, review articles, and from biological databases via the Internet and integrate this with fundamental biochemical knowledge


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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    B1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41


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