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BB10089: Biochemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 80%, PR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Practical (PR 20% - Qualifying Mark: 0)
  • Examination (EX 80% - Qualifying Mark: 0)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce students to the fundamentals of central metabolism and to relate this to the homeostasis of the whole organism.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* describe the building blocks of biological systems; amino acids, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids;
* describe how these form macromolecules;
* explain the fundamentals of thermodynamics as they relate to biological reactions;
* explain how enzymes function;
* describe why ATP is effective as the 'energy currency of the cell';
* describe and explain the different ways in which ATP is produced under different conditions within muscle;
* describe the role of vitamins as cofactors, coenzymes and prosthetic groups in metabolism;
* describe the diseases associated with vitamin deficiencies;
* describe the features (with mechanisms) underlying examples of Protein Energy Malnutrition;
* describe the main clinical features of obesity and diabetes;
* explain how appetite is controlled and syndromes associated with obesity;
* describe the reactions of the glycolytic pathway;
* describe the reactions of the gluconeogenic pathway.

Skills:
Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F, Career preparation T/F.

Content:
1) Structures of biologically relevant macromolecules;
2) Enzymes: catalysis, kinetics, regulation;
3) Vitamin Function;
4) Malnutrition and Obesity;
5) Metabolic Pathways;
6) How ATP for muscle contraction is produced.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB10089 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
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  • UHHL-ACB04 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-ACM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)

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