|Semester 1 Credit Value:||15|
This module aims to;
demonstrate the relationship between structure and function of the biomolecules
introduce the molecular basis of cellular processes and the principles that underlie many biological events
consider the implications in relation to health and disease
provide an awareness of how key analytical techniques and experiments are applied to generate information about the biomolecules
provide students with the opportunity to develop understanding through problem solving with peers
Lectures and seminars cover the following topics:
Proteins and amino acids: Proteins and their building blocks; Proteins in health and disease; Enzymes; Protein purification.
Carbohydrates: The structure of sugars; Role of sugars in biology.
Nucleic acids: Phosphorus in biology; Relationship between DNA, RNA and proteins; Structure of DNA;
How structure of DNA explains its function in replication; DNA Sequencing and the human genome; Control of gene expression: RNA synthesis-Transcription; Protein synthesis-Translation.
Energy and cellular metabolism: glycolysis; citric acid cycle; oxidative phosphorylation; gluconeogenesis; glycogen metabolism; fat metabolism; basic amino acid metabolism; alcohol metabolism.
At the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Classify the structures of proteins and amino acids, relate structure to function and identify examples of disease states.
2. Relate carbohydrate structure and function.
3. Define how enzymes catalyse cellular processes and identify key enzymes as targets for drugs and in the diagnosis of disease.
4. Identify structural features of DNA and RNA and relate these to function.
5. Correlate the processes and control of gene expression.
6. Outline how glucose metabolism is controlled and what goes wrong in diabetes.
7. Illustrate how cells produce the energy required for cellular processes.
At the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Independently locate information about Biochemistry via the library, Blackboard and the internet, to support and reinforce material taught in lectures (information literacy)
2. Work with peers in small groups to solve Biochemistry related problems in seminars (problem solving & collaboration)
3. Effectively communicate knowledge of Biochemistry, obtained from lectures and private study, to peers and staff during seminars (oral and interpersonal communication skills)
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:00||1:00||Formative class tests|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||31||1:00||31:00|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||4||1:00||4:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||1:00||1:00||Carbohydrate workshop|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||113:00||113:00||N/A|
1. Lectures will define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as a basis for further study.
2. Seminars will encourage students to develop their understanding of the subject and interpersonal communication skills. They provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas in a small group setting. Skills practiced include critical thinking, numeracy, communication & team working.
3. Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; preparation for seminars; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning and organisation and independence.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||A||100||EMI format 25-30 questions|
|Computer assessment||1||M||A mid-semester EMI (formative), 25-30 questions will be provided to students under exam conditions.|
The end of semester examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material. The formative EMI questions will help students assess their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as familiarise students with the format of an EMI exam.
FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.
The form of assessment will not vary from the original.
Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2017/18 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.