BIOCHEMISTRY - A CONCEPTUAL OVERVIEW - 2017/8
Module code: BMS1041
School of Biosciences and Medicine
THUMSER AE Dr (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 1
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 29
Tutorial Hours: 3
Laboratory Hours: 6
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Practical based assessment||PRACTICAL PROFORMA||40%|
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.
Use a blended learning approach to the teaching of Biochemistry, i.e. incorporating lectures, pre-reading tasks, concept-directed tasks and tutorials.
Provide an overview of proteinogenic amino acids, their classification and metabolism
Provide an introduction to protein structures and function
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 some aspects of lipid metabolism
Provide an introduction to the organization of metabolic pathways
To develop a critical awareness of metabolic pathways and their role in energy supply and demand
|Recognise the structure of biological molecules, i.e. proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleotides and describe their biochemical roles.||KC|
|Describe proteinogenic amino acids, their classification, metabolism and links to inborn errors-of-metabolism.||KC|
|Define protein structures and the relationship between protein structure and function.||KC|
|Describe and discuss metabolic pathways of amino acid, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism.||KC|
|Describe processes linked to enzyme functions, mechanisms, kinetics and inhibition.||KC|
|Describe the process of photosynthesis.||KC|
|Explain how ATP is produced and utilised in biological systems.||KC|
|Apply knowledge to specific tasks and problems as an independent learner.||KCT|
|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.||KCPT|
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. To further support and enhance the students writing and communication skills.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Writing and peer review 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 and short essay questions.
Formative assessment will be through online MCQ and within practical classes and formative writing 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 - A CONCEPTUAL OVERVIEW : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms1041
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.