BIO2023 : Cellular Biochemistry

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To show how the functioning of cells and organisms depends on integrated and coordinated metabolic processes. To develop students’ skills in practical laboratory techniques relevant to cell biology and biochemistry, in using computer packages to carry out related calculations and present data, and in interpreting related data.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture programme:

- The cell cycle and apoptosis
- Intracellular coordination: organelle biogenesis
- Mechanisms of enzyme action
- Hormonal control of metabolism
- Allosteric regulation of metabolic processes
- Muscle-liver cycles

Practical programme:

- Cell growth and cell cycle mutants
- Enzyme kinetics
- Allosteric enzymes and control of metabolism
- Subcellular fractionation and protein gel electrophoresis
- Measurement of metabolites

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion480:1512:00Class test revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion56:0030:00Practical reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00Class tests
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading121:0012:00Reading supporting references.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical56:0030:00Laboratory practicals
Guided Independent StudySkills practice61:006:00Biochemical problems
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:3046:30Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study241:0024:00Lecture follow up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explain key concepts, outline illustrative examples, and introduce biochemical problems. The final lecture is a review session. The practical classes allow students to develop skills in the use of laboratory equipment and analytical techniques and are designed to enhance students' understanding of cell functions and to enable them to increase their confidence in collecting, manipulating (including numerical calculations) and presenting data using computers, and in interpreting data. Private study is necessary for students to absorb information presented in lectures, to deepen their knowledge and understanding through reading supporting references, and to report on their practical results.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BIO2012Molecular Genetics and Mammalian Biochemistry1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Practical reports and biochemical problems
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MBlackboard self-test quizzes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses knowledge, understanding, and ability to integrate subject material learned from lectures and additional reading. The practical reports and biochemical problems assess students’ understanding of the material, numeracy, and ability to communicate practical results, make predictions, and interpret their analysis. The Blackboard self-test quizzes help students evaluate their progress.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.

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