Biochemistry C (Plant Biochemical Processes) Online Course

Biochemistry C (Plant Biochemical Processes) Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email

This course will deepen your knowledge of Biochemistry with an emphasis on plants. This is an advanced course in biochemistry that will give you a deep understanding on how life processes work, where living organism obtain their energy and nutrients and how these are processed to renew and develop new living materials.  A great course of horticulturalists and those interested in plant biochemical processes.

Course Aims:

  • Explain the interaction between the various biochemical processes within the plant cell.
  • Explain the process of glycolysis.
  • Describe the transport mechanism of bio-chemicals through plant membranes.
  • Explain the processes of electron transfer and oxidative phosphorylation, and their importance to energy regulation in plants.
  • Explain the structure and metabolism of carbohydrates.
  • Explain the metabolism of lipids.
  • Explain the processes of photosynthesis and the role of the light and dark reactions of photosynthesis in the growth of plants.
  • Explain biochemical nucleotide metabolism.
  • Explain enzyme reactions and catalysis in biochemistry.
  • Explain metabolic processes relevant to reproduction in plants.
  • Explain other biochemical processes including biochemical communication through hormones.


Detailed Course Outline


There are 11 lessons in this course:


  • Introduction to Metabolism
  • Energy Transfer within the Cell – sources of energy, components of the cell, catabolic metabolism, anabolic metabolism, energy exchanges, free energy, enthalpy, entropy, energy transfers, ATP, Oxidation, enzyme catalysed reactions, coenzymes, hydrolysis, hydration reaction, phosphorylation.


  • ATP – ATP Synthase
  • Glycolysis – activation, ATP production from Glycolysis, Metabolism of Pyruvate
  • Pentose Phosphate Pathway

Movement Through Membranes

  • Lipids and Fats
  • Membranes
  • Kinetics and Mechanisms of Transport – mediated and non-mediated transport, active transport
  • Ionophores
  • Aquaporins

Electron Transport and Oxidative Phosphorylation

  • Mitochondria
  • Electron Transport
  • Oxidative Phosphorylation
  • Citric Acid Cycle/Tricarboxylic Cycle
  • Controls of ATP Production

Sugar and Polysaccharide Metabolism

  • Monosaccharides, Disaccharides, Oligosaccharides, Polysaccharides, Glycoproteins
  • Sucrose
  • Starches – Glycogen and Starch
  • Starch Biosynthesis – Transitory Starch in Chloroplasts, Sucrose and Starch Regulation
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Gluconeogenesis – The Glyoxylate Pathway
  • Cell Wall

Lipid Metabolism

  • Lipids
  • Fatty Acid Biosynthesis by Plastids – Saturated Fatty Acid Biosynthesis
  • Glycerolipid and Phospholipid Formation
  • Triacylglycerol (TAG) Formation
  • Fatty Acid Oxidation in the Peroxisomes/Glyoxysomes
  • Wound Sealing


  • Photosynthesis – Chloroplasts, Light Reactions
  • Dark Reactions – Carboxylation, Regeneration, the Calvin Cycle
  • Photorespiration – C4 Respiration
  • CAM

Nucleotide Metabolism

  • Nucleotides
  • Nitrogen Fixation
  • Assimilation of Ammonia into Amino Acids – Purines, Pyramidines
  • Formation of Deoxyribonucleotides
  • Nucleotide Degradation

Enzyme Activity

  • Enzymes
  • Enzyme Classification
  • Enzyme Kinetics
  • Enzyme Regulation

Reproductive Processes in Plants

  • Types of Plant Reproduction – Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
  • Gene Expression
  • What are Genes?
  • Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) and Protein Synthesis – Overview, Transcription, Translation
  • Eukaryotic DNA Replication – DNA Polymerases, Leading and Lagging Strains, Telomeres and Telomerase

Other Processes

  • Hormones
  • Growth Regulators – Auxins, Cytokinins, Giberellins, Ethylene
  • Other Hormones – Antiauxins, Growth Inhibiters, Growth Retardants, Growth Simulators, Defoliants, Unclassified Plant Growth Regulators
  • Use of Plant Hormones in Horticulture – Hormone Products

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