Module code: BMS1050

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

TRINDER S Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 75

Tutorial Hours: 75

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

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

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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 to 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

• Enhance and develop practical laboratory skills and provide students the confidence to undertake practical work in future modules.

• Provide a solid knowedge base from which the students can describe and explain the properties of biological moleculess and identify their roles within a functioning organism.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
• To identify and competently use basic laboratory equipment and to do so with sufficient accuracy that they generate repeatable and consistent laboratory data. KCPT
• To use essential calculations within the laboratory during experiments and to evaluate and analyse experimental data from the laboratory. KCPT

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), spectriophotometry, 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
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

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.


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 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


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Nutrition BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Nutrition and Food Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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.