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Module

BIO1023 : Cells and Biomolecules

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Vasilios Andriotis
  • Lecturer: Dr Fiona Cuskin
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to enable students to appreciate the fundamental importance of cellular and biochemical processes for whatever aspect of biology they subsequently specialise in. It aims to provide basic information about: (i) the major biological macromolecules; (ii) how structures of biomolecules relate to their functions; and (iii) how biomolecules are synthesised and degraded through central metabolic pathways and the links to production and use of energy. It also provides the opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience of studying cells and biomolecules and to develop skills needed to work effectively in a laboratory, perform relevant calculations, display and interpret experimental results and prepare laboratory reports.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures:

Introduction
Basic chemistry
Calculations for biosciences
Macromolecules and their constituents:
• Proteins as enzymes and structural molecules
• Carbohydrates as structural and storage molecules
Lipids and membranes
Metabolic processes:
• Energy generation by glycolysis, fermentation and respiration
• Anabolic pathways:gluconeogenesis
• Photosynthesis
• Lipid breakdown and synthesis
• The nitrogen cycle
Research seminars: cover relevant current research topics, reinforcing material covered during lectures and helping students to appreciate the importance of research on cells and biomolecules across the life sciences.

Practicals:

Cell structure
Properties of proteins
Enzymes/metabolism

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable