Module code: BMS2035

Module Overview

This module will cover two broad topics, namely Metabolism in Health & Disease (Dr Alfred Thumser, Dr Ian Bailey) and Cell Signalling (Dr Ian Bailey)

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

THUMSER Alfred (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 6

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 30

Seminar Hours: 3

Tutorial Hours: 1

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: BMS1041 Biochemistry – A Conceptual Overview

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Diabetes

  • Metabolic control of glycolysis and gluconeogenesis

  • Pentose phosphate pathway

  • Fatty acid β-oxidation and synthesis

  • Cell signalling

  • G-protein coupled receptors

  • Enzyme linked receptors

  • Ion channel receptors

  • Nuclear receptors

  • Tyrosine kinase associated receptors, e.g. JAK/STAT pathway (self-study; to be advised)

  • Receptor serine-threonine, TGFbeta receptor (self-study; to be advised)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework essay, 1,000 words, submitted on SurreyLearn 55
Coursework Peer review mark 5
Examination 2 hour final exam (MCQ) 40

Alternative Assessment

Not Applicable.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking and understanding of the taught topics

Thus, the assessments for this module consist of:

  • One essay, from a selection provided at the start of semester (1,000 words; topics to be provided by Dr Alfred Thumser, Dr Sarah Bailey and Dr Rita Jabr)

  • Peer review (Students will submit a draft essay online and then receive feedback from 5 peers; the essay author will rate the feedback received based on a simple 5-point rubric; instructions will be provided)

  • Final exam (2 hours, MCQ; linked to all Learning Outcomes)

Formative assessment and feedback:

  • Generic in-class feedback (think-pair-share exercises)

  • Peer feedback in small-group essay workshops (not compulsory; Dr Alfred Thumser)

  • Pre-submission workshops: expectations and guidance (Dr Alfred Thumser, Dr Sarah Bailey, Dr Rita Jabr)

  • Peer feedback on draft essay submissions

  • Coursework drop-in opportunities (Dr Alfred Thumser, Dr Sarah Bailey, Dr Rita Jabr)

  • Post-exam feedback

Module aims

  • Critically assess aspects of glucose and lipid metabolism
  • Discuss metabolic diseases in conjunction with metabolic pathways
  • Explain the concept of intracellular signalling pathways and its importance in cell function
  • Demonstrate the importance of protein phosphorylation in metabolic regulation.
  • Provide understanding on the surface and intracellular receptors and their major activated intracellular signalling pathways in health and disease
  • Discuss the importance of cellular signalling pathways in regulating gene transcription in health and disease

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Define and describe glucose homeostasis and control of glucose metabolism KC
002 Define and describe glucose metabolism in disease e.g. diabetes KC
003 Define and describe fatty acid metabolism, i.e. b-oxidation and synthesis KC
004 Define and describe the major plasma membrane and nuclear receptors KC
005 Descibe the intracellular signalling pathways activated by major plasma membrane and nuclear receptors and their role in controlling gene transcription in health and disease KC
006 Write a critical essay on a relevant topic KCT
007 Peer review draft essays and provide feedback KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Tutorials

  • “Think-pair-share” [formative]

  • Small-group essay workshops [formative]


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry MSci (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 1 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 2020/1 academic year.