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Module

BGM1002 : Biochemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lindi Chen
  • Lecturer: Mr Wouter Peeters, Dr David Bolam, Dr Ahmad Al-Mrabeh, Professor Jeremy Lakey, Professor Debra Bevitt, Dr Owen Davies, Dr Simon Wilkinson, Dr Simon Whitehall
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Carbohydrate Revision and Q&A session. Non-synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials291:0029:00Non-synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Module introduction and overview. Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative assessment. Online via Canvas
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Structured activities to support Energy and Cellular Metabolism lecture material. Non-sync online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminar. PIP for one-third of cohort for each seminar. Synchronous online for remaining students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Q&A sessions. Synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1105:00105:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and guided reading.
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation41:004:00Preparation for seminars; preparation for Carbohydrate Revision and Q&A session.
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1.       Lecture materials 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.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A100Online timed computer based exam (remote) timed MCQ/Quiz format (expected completion time 90 minutes)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MOnline timed computer based exam (remote) timed MCQ/Quiz exam mid-semester via Canvas
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.

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