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BGM1002 : Biochemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lindi Chen
  • Lecturer: Dr David Bolam, Professor Jeremy Lakey, Dr Scott Anderson, Dr Owen Davies, Dr Ahmad Al-Mrabeh, Dr Simon Whitehall
  • Other Staff: Dr Orla Dunne, Dr Nick Morris, Dr Natalie Tatum, Dr Daniel Peters
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative class tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture311:0031:00
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100MCQ format - 120 questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MA mid-semester MCQ format exam (formative) 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.

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