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Module

NUT1004 : Fundamental principles of genetics and biochemistry for nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

The aims of this module are to:
•       introduce the fundamental principles of human genetics and biochemistry in relation to nutrition
•       demonstrate the relationship between structure and function of DNA, RNA and proteins
•       introduce Mendelian genetics, population genetics and current concepts of molecular genetics applied to eukaryotes
•       provide an opportunity for students to interpret genetic information and work through problems in seminars, and relate their knowledge of genetics
•       introduce the molecular basis of cellular processes and the principles that underlie many biological events consider the implications in relation to health and disease
•       introduce some of the molecular and genetic techniques being used in the postgenomic era of genetics
•       demonstrate the relationship between structure and function of carbohydrates and lipids

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars cover the following topics:

•       Nucleic acids and proteins structure and function
•       Relationship between DNA, RNA and proteins
•       Replication, transcription and translation
•       DNA Sequencing and the human genome
•       Epigenetic mechanisms
•       Control of gene expression
•       Amino acid structure and function
•       Carbohydrates structure and function
•       Lipid structure and function
•       Cell division: mitosis and meiosis
•       Molecular techniques: PCR, gel electrophoresis, genotyping

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.

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