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BB10215: Biochemistry for biologists

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 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
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.

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.

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:

BB10215 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
* 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.