Biological Chemistry (AGEN1006)


This unit of study expands on the basic chemical concepts taught in first semester (CHEM1001) and extends these into the chemistry of organic compounds. Emphasizing the chemistry of biologically important molecules, the unit will introduce students to the structures and reactions of organic compounds and major biological macromolecules (e.g. nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids). Examples and applications used in the unit will be those directly related to aspects of biology that impact decision making in natural and managed systems. In weeks 1-6, lectures and laboratory work are conducted in co-operation with the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. In weeks 7-13, lectures and laboratory work will be undertaken in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment. Tutorials are conducted by Faculty of Agriculture and Environment staff throughout the semester. Lectures, laboratory work and tutorials are integrated, providing students with a theoretical and practical basis for further studies in the management of biological systems. This 6 credit point unit consists of approximately 80 hours directed learning.

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3x1-hr lectures/wk, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk 1 x 3-hr practical/wk


Three quizzes (3x5%), 1 x Problem solving exercise (15%), Mid-semester exam (20%), Final exam (30%), Laboratory attendance and participation (5%), Laboratory log book (10%), Laboratory skills (5%)


Chemistry and SI Chemical Data (package), 2nd Edition, 2012 (John Wiley) ISBN:

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CHEM1001 or equivalent content



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