BIOL331-18W (C) Whole Year 2018

Biochemistry 3

30 points, 0.2500 EFTS
19 Feb 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

This occurrence is not offered


Protein conformation and function. Further studies of lipid, carbohydrate and amino acid metabolism. Metabolic control. Biochemical genetics.

This course is designed to help you understand the chemistry and biology of cellular processes, including how biochemistry is controlled, how different molecules function and how biochemists seek the answers to such questions. The course aims to introduce you to modern biochemical ideas and research, and will include a substantial amount of reading from the biochemical literature, as well as from your standard textbook. The course is intended to complement courses such as BCHM302/CHEM325, BCHM381, BIOL330, BIOL313.

Co-coded as BCHM301

Learning Outcomes

Develop critical analysis skills in biochemistry
Develop advanced problem-solving skills
Develop an advanced understanding of:

  • The experimental methodology of modern biochemistry
  • Membrane proteins and membrane transport
  • Proteins and protein structure
  • Lipoprotein Metabolism and its role in heart disease
  • Free Radicals in disease
  • Nitrogen metabolism,
  • Multifunctional enzymes
  • Regulation of metabolism
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


(1) BCHM201, or BCHM221 and BCHM222; (2) BCHM202 or BIOL231



Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Andy Pratt


Ashley Garrill , Renwick Dobson and Steven Gieseg


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Exam 40%
Mid year Test 40%
Tutorial assignments 20%

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

It is essential that you are aware that plagiarism is considered a very serious offence by the Academic community, the University and the School of Biological Sciences. Plagiarism is defined as taking content from another work or author and presenting it, without attribution, as if it is your own work. Content here includes text (sentences or major parts of sentences), display items (graphs and tables), and overall structure (the detailed sequence of ideas). Plagiarism includes:
• re-use of previous assignments (even if each individual sentence has been rephrased to say the same thing in different words, if the overall structure is re-used)  
• copying of another student’s work (with or without their consent)
• the unreferenced use of published material or material from the internet e.g. cutting and pasting of paragraphs or pages into an essay.
For most pieces of in-term assessment you will be given information concerning the use of direct and indirect quotes from previously published work. If you are in any doubt about appropriate use of published material, please speak with a member of academic staff. If you are still unsure what plagiarism is, then seek advice.

It is a School policy that courses may request you submit work electronically for subsequent analysis of originality using Turnitin. Students agree that by taking courses in BIOL, required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.  Use of the service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the site.

Assessment and grading system

A+ 90% or above
A 85 – 90
A- 80 – 84
B+ 75 – 79
B 70 – 74
B- 65 – 69
C+ 60 – 64
C 55 – 59
C- 50 – 54

A restricted pass (R) may be awarded to those who are close to a pass (i.e. an overall score of 48-49.9%) AND who have achieved at least a 40% overall score in both in-course assessment and tests/exams. If an R grade is awarded you gain credit for the course but cannot continue into papers that require this course as a pre-requisite. NB. The R grade is only available at 100 and 200 level - it cannot be awarded for third year papers.

Failing grades:   D   40-49             E  0–39

Where to submit and collect work

All assignments should be placed in the designated collection box in the foyer of the 2nd floor of the School of Biological Sciences (near the main office), unless directed otherwise by the course co-ordinator. All assignments must be accompanied by a cover sheet signed by you stating that the submitted work is not plagiarised. Cover sheets are available on top of the collection boxes, or you can download one from the Biology website (under Undergraduate). In addition, you may also be asked to submit your work electronically (via Learn) for analysis in Turnitin. You will be given instructions on how to do this in the assignment handout.

Marked assignments can be collected from the Secretaries' Office, unless directed otherwise by the course co-ordinator. Teaching staff will endeavour to return work as soon as possible, and should contact you if there are likely to be any delays that will prevent return within the maximum 4-week timeframe.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,731.00

International fee $7,575.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

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