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CH10191: Chemistry of the cell

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
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 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: You must have A-level chemistry or equivalent to take this unit.
Description: Aims:
To teach the students the fundamentals of biochemistry with an emphasis on its central role in the drug discovery process.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* describe the structure and explain the function of cell organelles
* describe the structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
* understand how proteins are key to cellular function
* explain how the secondary and tertiary structures of proteins control structure and function
* understand how enzymes catalyse reactions
* describe how receptors communicate information
* understand the central role of protein targets in the drug discovery process
* explain how nucleic acids encode genetic information
* describe how proteins are synthesised on the ribosome.

Skills:
Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Problem solving T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently F

Content:
Overview of the cell. Proteins: amino acids - structures, ionisation and physical properties; primary, secondary and tertiary structure and an overview of protein folding, conformation and degradation. Enzymes: catalysis, kinetics, regulation. Receptors: structure and signal transduction; agonists, antagonists, mode of action. Common methods for purifying and analysing proteins. Nucleic acids: structures, ionisation and physical properties; DNA: primary and secondary structure; packaging; replication, transcription. Different types of RNA; Protein synthesis: the ribosome and mRNA translation. Relevant examples of different drugs directed at different biological targets with an emphasis on understanding their mode of action at a molecular level.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH10191 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB07 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Year 1)
  • USCH-AAB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • USCH-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 1)
  • USCH-AFM05 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Year 1)
  • USCH-AAM06 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • USCH-AKM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 1)

CH10191 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry

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