University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biochemistry, Genetics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOC 192 and CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 18 further points

  • 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

  • Credit Points

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

    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.

    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

    Campbell MK and Farrell SO, Biochemistry, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

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