Module code: BMS1041

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

THUMSER AE 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

Workshop Hours: 1

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 29

Tutorial Hours: 3

Laboratory Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment

Data analysis

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: 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

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
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

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.  To further support and enhance the students writing and communication skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

2 Practicals
Writing and peer review 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 and short essay questions.

Formative assessment

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


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.