University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CHEM1010, CHEM1020, BIOL1001 and BIOL1002 or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Living systems are made up of molecules and this course introduces the diversity of important biological molecules and shows how their structures relate to their function. The smaller biomolecules such as amino acids, nucleotides and sugars have important biological functions of their own, and are also utilised as building blocks for biopolymers such as proteins, nucleic acids and polysaccharides. The metabolic processes that occur in cells to synthesise and degrade these biomolecules and to provide energy for the cell will be presented with a view to showing how biochemical reactions and pathways are connected and controlled.
    Semester 1 - 2015
    1. An understanding of the scientific philosophy associated with research in biochemistry,
    2. Knowledge of the diversity of biomolecules, as well as their metabolic and structural roles in cellular function,
    3. Knowledge of the sources of energy for cells, and how cells utilise this chemical energy for growth and maintenance,
    4. An understanding of how chemical reactions are mediated, integrated and regulated in the cell.
    Sugars and polysaccharides
    Fatty acids and complex lipids
    Amino acids and proteins
    Vitamins and coenzymes
    Cell processes
    Energy metabolism
    The pentose phosphate pathway
    The Krebs Citric Acid Cycle or TCA Cycle
    Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation
    Cellular metabolism
    Utilisation of polysaccharides
    Glycogenesis and biosynthesis of disaccharides and polysaccharides,
    Lipid metabolism

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.