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NES1408 : Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tom McAllister
  • Lecturer: Professor Akane Kawamura, Dr James Knight
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce the structure and function of essential biomolecules. To show how these molecules interact in the basic processes of a living cell.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will introduce the structure and function of essential cellular biomolecules. Topics include: Cells and life forces, Amino acids, Peptides, Proteins, Nucleotides and nucleosides, DNA – replication, RNA – transcription and translation, Genes and Disease, Carbohydrates, Lipids and membranes

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Completion of formative assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion421:0042:00Revision for formative and end of Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study391:0039:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In person lectures are used to deliver new material, deliver in-class Q+A and formative assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100End of semester exam.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2M60 minute bring your own device - computer assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination assesses the students' knowledge and understanding of the fundamental biological and medicinal chemistry presented in the lecture courses.
The formative assessment will allow students to assess their progress in the module and areas for improvement.

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