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BGM1002 : Biochemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lindi Chen
  • Lecturer: Dr Simon Whitehall, Mr Wouter Peeters, Dr David Bolam, Professor Debra Bevitt, Professor Jeremy Lakey, Dr Simon Wilkinson
  • 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 biomolecules

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

3.       Consider the implications in relation to health and disease

4.       Provide an introduction to experimental methods which can be applied to generate information about biomolecules

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars will cover the following topics:

•       Amino acids and proteins: proteins and their building blocks; proteins in health and disease; enzymes; methods used in protein purification.

•       Carbohydrates: the structure of sugars and their role in biology.

•       Nucleic acids: the importance of phosphorus in biology; the relationship between DNA, RNA and proteins; the structure of DNA and how this relates to its function replication; DNA sequencing and the human genome.

•       The control of gene expression: transcription (RNA synthesis) and translation (protein synthesis).

•       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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00PIP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative assessment (mid-semester). Online via Canvas
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00Carbohydrate revision activities. Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1113:00113:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and guided reading.
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation31:003:00Advance preparation for seminars
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

2.       Structured guided activities, seminars and Q&A sessions will encourage students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject, and interpersonal communication skills. They provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and where possible to exchange ideas in a small group setting. Skills practiced include critical thinking, numeracy, communication and team working.

3.       Guided independent study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; advance preparation for seminars; submitting questions for Q&A sessions; using learning resources on the internet and VLE. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning and organisation and independence.

Public Health Contingency:
All lectures and seminars can/will move to online either as synchronous online or non-synchronous delivery.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100Invigilated MCQ exam, 120 questions.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MOnline timed (45 mins) MCQ/fill in the blank exam (remote) via Canvas (mid-semester)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of semester examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material.

The formative assessment will support students’ learning by providing an opportunity for students to assess their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as to familiarise students with the end of semester exam format.

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.

Public Health Contingency:
Written exam can/will move to remote online, timed exam to be completed in 24-hour period (120 questions, expected completion time 90 mins)

Reading Lists