Module Catalogue 2018/19

BGM1002 : Biochemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Beth Lawry
  • Lecturer: Dr Scott Anderson, Dr Owen Davies, Dr Ahmad Al-Mrabeh, Dr Simon Whitehall, Dr David Bolam, Professor Jeremy Lakey
  • Other Staff: Dr Julie Tucker, Dr Martyna Pastok, Dr Alison Day, Dr Tom Richardson
  • Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to;

1. Demonstrate the relationship between structure and function of the biomolecules

2. Introduce the molecular basis of cellular processes and the principles that underlie many biological events

3. Consider the implications in relation to health and disease

4. Provide an awareness of how key analytical techniques and experiments are applied to generate information about the biomolecules

5. Provide students with the opportunity to develop understanding through problem solving with peers

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars cover the following topics:

1. Proteins and amino acids: Proteins and their building blocks; Proteins in health and disease; Enzymes; Protein purification.

2. Carbohydrates: The structure of sugars; Role of sugars in biology.

3. Nucleic acids: Phosphorus in biology; Relationship between DNA, RNA and proteins; Structure of DNA;

4. 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.

5. Energy and cellular metabolism: glycolysis; citric acid cycle; oxidative phosphorylation; gluconeogenesis; glycogen metabolism; fat metabolism; basic amino acid metabolism; alcohol metabolism.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture311:0031:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative class tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Carbohydrate workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1113:00113:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures will define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as a basis for further study.
2. Seminars and the workshop 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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100MCQ format 25-30 questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MA mid-semester MCQ format exam (formative), 25-30 questions will be provided to students under exam conditions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of semester examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material. The formative MCQ questions will help students assess their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as familiarise students with the format of an MCQ 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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 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 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.