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PHCY231 Biochemistry (for BPharm)

Metabolic integration, control and regulation. Body fuel storage, mobilisation and interconversions. Nitrogen metabolism. Cell signalling. Clinical diagnostics. Metabolic processes in drug utilisation and metabolism. Pharmacogenomics. Genomic medicine in pharmacy.

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. PHCY 231 is complementary to and extends the biochemistry covered in the first-year paper BIOC 192, providing a foundation of biochemistry for students in the Pharmacy programme.

Paper title Biochemistry (for BPharm)
Paper code PHCY231
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.0570
Points 7 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $447.22
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,080.50

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(BIOC 221 and BIOC 222 and BIOC 223) or BIOC 230
Limited to
This paper provides a foundation of biochemistry, combined with BIOC 192, that is suitable for Pharmacy students who do not advance biochemistry further in the Pharmacy programme. PHCY 231 is a terminating paper; it is not possible to pursue advanced biochemistry papers from this paper.
Teaching staff
Dr Alan Carne
Campbell MK and Farrell SO Biochemistry, 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 17-22
B1 Thursday 08:00-08:50 9-15
C1 Friday 08:00-08:50 9-14


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-10, 12-14, 18
A2 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 9-10, 12-14
A3 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-10, 12-14
A4 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9-10, 12-14, 17