|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
• To provide a general understanding of the biochemistry and clinical aspects of a number of chronic human diseases
• To provide some deeper insight into diabetes and disorders of metal metabolism
• To highlight how knowledge of the biochemistry of a disorder can be used to develop rational drug design for its treatment
• To provide an understanding of the biochemical and molecular basis of selected diseases caused either by nutrient imbalance, abnormal nutrient metabolism or endocrine factors.
• To consider the impact of nutritional status on susceptibility to disease and on ageing.
• To explain how understanding of the molecular pathology of nutrient-related disease processes can be used to inform effective treatment regimes.
Both genetic and environmental factors, including diet, can contribute to non-communicable diseases that develop over the lifetime of an individual. In other instances, genetic factors result in very early and/or severe disease manifestation. A number of specific examples and classes of disease influenced by genetic and/or dietary factors are considered in the module, highlighting the underlying biochemistry and/or molecular physiology.
The module includes two strands: Biochemistry of Chronic Disease and Nutrition, Health and Disease, and covers the following areas:
-G-protein coupled receptors in health and disease
-The epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes
-The pathogenesis of Type 2 diabetes
-Towards physiological insulin replacement in Type 1 diabetes
-Metals and Disease
-Zinc in health and disease
-Bioactive food components
-Nutrition in utero and lifelong health
-The role of selenium in nutrition and disease
-Nutrition and Ageing
-The roles of Calcium and Vitamin D in Disease
|Category||Activity||Number||Length||Student Hours||Academic Staff Contact Hours||Comment|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||31||1:00||31:00||31:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||1:30||3:00||3:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||1:00||1:00||3:00||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||1:00||1:00||3:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||164:00||164:00||0:00||N/A|
Lectures form the mainstay of teaching. The seminar and tutorial sessions allow students to further their knowledge and understanding and to develop their critical thinking.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||80||Unseen examination (2 essays from a choice of 4)|
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|BGM3001||Biochemistry of Chronic Diseases||2||N/A|
The examination will test students’ knowledge, understanding and critical appraisal skills.
The timed essay will test knowledge and understanding as well as writing, critical appraisal and organisational skills.
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