BIOCHEMISTRY: THE MOLECULES OF LIFE - 2017/8

Module code: BMS1049

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

BAILEY I Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRACTICAL PROFORMA COURSEWORK 40%
Examination MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMINATION 60%

Alternative Assessment

Students will be provided data to complete the necessary evaluative elements of practical classes

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

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. 

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

 

Essential Skills


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.


 

Subject Knowedge


The chemistry of water and pH


 

The structures and functions of


The Amino Acids
Carbohydrates
Lipids and hydrophobic molecules
The Nucleotides


 

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
Intra-molecular interactions
Bonding, electrons and molecules
Acids & bases, pH, buffers
Carbon – the basis of biological life
Reactivity of biological molecules
Reaction kinetics & energy
Isomers 

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:


Lecture classes
Practical classes
Small group workshops

Assessment Strategy

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.


Formative assessment

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

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

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.