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BB20018: Enzymology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 80%, PR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Practical (PR 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take BB10003 AND ( take BB10004 OR take BB10121 )
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide a fundamental understanding of enzymes as catalysts, at a physio-chemical level, and to relate these molecular properties to their cellular functions.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* describe the relationship between protein structure, ligand binding and enzyme catalysis;
* explain how enzymes achieve their high catalytic rates;
* explain steady-state kinetics of enzyme-catalysed reactions, the nature of reversible inhibition, and the effects of temperature and pH;
* describe and carry out the requirements of reliable enzyme assays;
* explain allosteric regulation in the control of enzymes;
* describe the organisation of cellular enzymes into multienzyme complexes and multifunctional enzymes;
* describe the role of isoenzymes in cellular regulation, development and differentiation, and their application to diagnosis of disease;
* describe and explain the role of coenzymes in enzyme catalysis.

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

Ligand binding; steady-state kinetics; inhibition; effects of temperature and pH; principles of enzyme assay; theories of catalysis; allostery; isoenzymes, multienzyme complexes; coenzyme chemistry.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20018 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

BB20018 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • RSBB-AFM19 : Integrated PhD in Postgenomic Biosciences (Protein Structure & Function)
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Year 2)
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • TSBB-AFM19 : MRes Protein Structure and Function
  • TSBB-AFM13 : MSc Protein Structure and Function
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* 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.