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SES1002 : Bioenergetics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Wouter Peeters
  • Lecturer: Dr Adrian Holliday, Dr Helen Mason, Dr Daniel West
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge of the biochemistry that underpins health, exercise and nutrition. The module aims to deepen your knowledge of the important roles enzymes, hormones and chemical reactions play in the regulation of metabolism and considers multiple metabolic and biochemical pathways involved in the process of energy turnover and storage, metabolic signals/pathways involved in adaptation, and the interaction of macro/micro nutrients with these systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

• The metabolism of carbohydrate, fat and protein

• Cellular respiration and the metabolic pathways activated at rest and during exercise

• Enzyme function and hormonal coordination of anabolic and catabolic processes for the control of energy turnover.

• Bioenergetics of high intensity and endurance exercise

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00PIP - to deliver key theoretical content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0062:00Preparation for assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading183:0054:00Reading from lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PIP - provide basic laboratory skills
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities61:006:00Non-sync online quizzes - formative teaching activities throughout the module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00PIP - problem based learning in small groups discuss case studies & develop questions for research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PIP - problem based learning in small groups discuss case studies & develop questions to research
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity114:0014:00Follow up reading to further extend knowledge
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study65:0030:00Reading and learning in preparation for discussing questions in tutorials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will use a problem-based learning approach as core delivery. In small group sessions, students will develop learning questions based on case studies. This teaching method encourages a flipped classroom approach, where students develop their own learning content, shown to stimulate active learning. Lecture materials and provided reading will be used by students as learning sources to answer research questions and further meet intended knowledge outcomes.

Online quizzes will assist the students in capitalizing their knowledge. The practical introduces basic laboratory skills, in line with intended skills outcomes.

Defined hours for reflective learning will promote the student to evaluate their learning so far and identify weaknesses that need to be followed up by further reading. Time has also been specified for assessment preparation to indicate to students how much time is expected to be dedicated to this task.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1202A80Invigilated exam: online timed computer-based exam. 70 MCQ questions and 10 short answer questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M20Produce a lab report (600 words) from data collected in the practical
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Foundation knowledge will be assessed through an MCQ exam and short answer questions. The need for understanding the underpinning biochemistry for various exercise types and nutrition provides the foundations for all other physiological related topics in the degree programme. This understanding is most appropriately assessed via MCQ exam. Example examination questions embedded into the online quiz series will give students immediate feedback about their understanding of the material and provide familiarity with the content and format of the final written examination.

The Lab Report will assist in consolidating the basic laboratory skills learned during the practical and will provide an opportunity for reflective learning and hands on exercises using software to analyse data.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 40 or above to pass the module, however, if the module has more than one assessment students must also achieve a mark of at least 35 in each component of the assessment to pass the module.

Public health contingency:
Written exam: Online timed (120 min) take home exam within 24h period. 70 MCQ questions and 10 short answer questions.

Lab report: Data for lab report provided instead of collected in PiP Practical session. Lab report outline remains (600 words)

Reading Lists