BIOCHEMISTRY: THE MOLECULES OF LIFE - 2017/8
Module code: BMS1049
School of Biosciences and Medicine
BAILEY I Dr (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||PRACTICAL PROFORMA COURSEWORK||40%|
|Examination||MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMINATION||60%|
Students will be provided data to complete the necessary evaluative elements of practical classes
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module will introduce the students to the fundamental biochemistry of life and will provide students with an understanding of the biological molecules, which will inform their studies throughout their degree programmes. Students will experience a combination of taught lectures, guided seminars and workshops and practical classes to enhance their learning experience and provide them with the maximum opportunity for success and personal development.
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Laboratory skills – liquid handling (pipettes), spectrophotometry, protein assay, titration
Laboratory mathematics – e.g but not limited to, concentration, dilution, moles and molarity, basic statistics, Units in chemistry and biochemistry
Writing skills – formative development of writing skills with a view to supporting the students in future modules.
The chemistry of water and pH
The structures and functions of
The Amino Acids
Lipids and hydrophobic molecules
Taught material for each of these groups of molecules will contain the relevant chemical concepts and may include:
UV-Vis & fluorescence spectrometry
Water - the solvent of life
Bonding, electrons and molecules
Acids & bases, pH, buffers
Carbon – the basis of biological life
Reactivity of biological molecules
Reaction kinetics & energy
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop a confident understanding of the molecular basis of biology; encourage proactive, interactive and enthusiastic learning; develop and enhance confidence in students’ practical skills; develop and enhance skills within numeracy and written communication.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Small group workshops
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a confidence in expressing how the chemical nature of a molecule influences the biological behaviour. To demonstrate confidence with mathematics in a laboratory setting. To express confidence in laboratory mathematics and statistics.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
One practical report consisting of elements from all practical classes within the module.
One multiple choice exam with elements from all taught components of the module.
Mutiple choice questions associated with each practical class.
Regular use of Kahoot/Poll Everywhere to assess student understanding of the material.
Face to face contact with sfaff during practicals and workshops to provide verbal feedback.
Feedback to the students will be provided instantly after online MCQ formative assessments, during workshops and practical session in the form of verbal feedback, and during lecture classes where the class as a whole can receive feedback on formative work.
Summative feedback will be provided on the students’ practical submission, although this will not come until the end of the module for logistical reasons.
Reading list for BIOCHEMISTRY: THE MOLECULES OF LIFE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms1049
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.