Module code: BMS1030

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

BAILEY I Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 32

Tutorial Hours: 3

Laboratory Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL PROFORMA 40%
Examination EXAM 60%

Alternative Assessment

Data analysis

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Prerequisites: BMS1023

Module overview

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.  

Module aims

Provide an overview of proteinogenic amino acids and their classification.

Provide an overview of protein structure

Provide an understanding of enzymology and the functioning of enzymes

Instil an appreciation of inborn-errors-of-disease

Provide an introduction to biological lipids and aspects of lipid metabolism

Introduce the fundamental biological chemistry of living systems – biological reactions and their organization in metabolic pathways

Explore how living systems derive energy from nutrients and utilise it for their functions

Define the inter-relationships between different metabolic pathways

Visualize metabolism as the co-ordinated activity of the biochemical transformations in living organisms

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Recognise the structure of biological molecules, i.e. proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and describe their biochemical roles.
Describe proteinogenic amino acids, their classification, metabolism and links to inborn errors-of-metabolism
Describe and discuss metabolic pathways of amino acid, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism
Describe processes linked to enzyme function and kinetics.
Identify the enzymes and cofactors that have central roles in metabolism
Describe the principal pathways and cycles in biochemical metabolism
Explain how ATP is produced and utilised in biological systems
Demonstrate practical skills and interpret experimental results within the context of taught material, specifically as they relate to the determination of protein concentrations and enzyme kinetics

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Proteins and enzymes
Carbohydrates and glycolysis
Lipids and oxidation
TCA cycle
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:

2 Practicals
Inborn errors of metabolism and energy expenditure workshops

Assessment Strategy

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

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


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.