BIOCHEMISTRY: BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE - 2017/8
Module code: BMS1030
School of Biosciences and Medicine
TRINDER S Dr (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 32
Tutorial Hours: 3
Laboratory Hours: 3
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Practical based assessment||PRACTICAL PROFORMA||40|
Data analysis Qualifying condition(s) A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
In this module students will be taken on a learning journey through protein structure and function, emphasising their importance in the biochemical processes which occur within living cells. Students will explore the contributions of lipid molecules and sugars to cellular ATP production, and will be introduced to the important role that the TCA cycle and electron transport systems have in production of ATP. Students will undertake practical classes which highlight and develop the concepts taught within the module, and which will enhance their understanding of the key concepts.
Develop confidence and competence with practical and analytical skills in key biochemical methods.
Provide a breadth of understanding of the levels of protein structure, and how amino acids infuence the three dimensional folding of protein molecules.
Provide a breadth of undertsanding of enzyme kinetics and mechanism of reaction.
Provide a breadth of understanding of the structure and function of lipid molecules and their synthesis, in particular the role of lipids in the generation of cellular energy.
Provide a breadth of understanding of the use of glucose in glycolysis and the importance of this process in the generation of cellular energy.
Provide a breadth of understanding of the essential role of the TCA cycle in maximising the yield of cellular enery from biological fuels.
Provide breadth of understanding of the process of electron transport and its importance in synthesising ATP, in addition to a comparison between light independent photosynthesis and the mitochondrial electron transport chain.
|Protein structure and function • Describe the primary structure of a protein, and explain how this influences the secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures.||KC|
|Enzyme kinetics • Describe the concepts of Km and Vmax, and explain how these parameters can be derived from simple experimental data||KCPT|
|Glycolysis • Discuss key regulatory points within glycolysis and explain the importance of glycolysis within cellular ATP generation||KC|
|Lipids • Highlight the role of lipids as a source of acetyl-coA for cellular metabolism, and explain their role in long term energy generation.||KC|
|TCA cycle • Discuss the central role of the TCA cycle within cellular metabolism and explain how it maximises the production of ATP from sources of cellular fuel.||KC|
|Electron transport chain • Compare and contrast the generation of ATP from the mitochondrial and chloroplast electron transport chains||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Proteins and enzymes
Carbohydrates and glycolysis
Lipids and oxidation
Electron transport and ATP synthesis
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Enhance and develop the students understanding of biological reactions as processes and as parts of a larger whole.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Inborn errors of metabolism and energy expenditure workshops
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a deep understanding of the fundamental principles around molecular biochemistry and cellular energy generation.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
One synoptic practical report
One exam with multiple choice questions
Formative assessment will be through online MCQ and within practical classes and formative workshops
Feedback will be continuous and linked to formative assessments practical classes and workshops, in depth feedback will be provided on the practical report submission.
Reading list for BIOCHEMISTRY: BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms1030
Programmes this module appears in
|Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biotechnology BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Microbiology BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Nutrition and Food Science BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Nutrition BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.