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BB10004: Biochemistry 2

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
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 70%, MC 10%, PR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Characterisation of a Natural Oil practical (PR 5%)
  • Enzymology practical (PR 5%)
  • Examination (EX 70%)
  • Molecular Biology practical (PR 10%)
  • Multiple Choice (MC 10%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10003
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To set out the central pathways of glycogen and fatty acid metabolism and mitochondrial oxidation and how these are regulated. To inculcate appreciation of the metabolic pathways into function at the organ level. To outline the structure, biosynthesis and metabolic importance of glycoproteins and of mucopolysaccharides. To relate knowledge of basic eukaryotic metabolism with that of prokaryotes.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* describe and explain the principles of mitochondrial oxidative function;
* describe and explain lipid structure and the pathways of fatty acid oxidation and synthesis;
* describe glycogen metabolism and explain how it is regulated by the hormones adrenalin and insulin and by metabolic substrates;
* describe the structure and function of mucopolysaccharides;
* describe the basic structural pattern of glycoproteins;
* describe different ways of producing ATP utilised by prokaryotes.

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.

The course is a direct follow-on from BB10003. Topics studied are 1) mitochondrial bioenergetics, respiration, oxidative phosphorylation and the chemiosmotic theory; 2) lipid metabolism - structure of lipids, catabolism and anabolism of fatty acids, ketogenesis and coordination with other metabolic pathways; 3) glycogen structure, biosynthesis and catabolism; 4) regulation of glycogen metabolism by hormones; 5) relationship between mucopolysaccharide structure and function and distribution; 6) common structural patterns of glycoproteins; 7) metabolic pathways of prokaryotes.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB10004 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.