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BB10003: Biochemistry 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
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 1
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: NB. You must have A level Chemistry (or equivalent) to take this unit.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To teach the students the pathways of central metabolism and to relate the regulation of these pathways to the homeostasis of the whole organism.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* describe the pathways of central metabolism;
* explain the way in which the cell degrades nutrients in small steps to allow the energy to be trapped and converted to a useful form;
* explain the way in which central metabolism connects catabolism and anabolism;
* explain the regulation of central metabolism with respect to the needs of the organism in relation to its environment.

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

Proteins: amino acids - structures, ionisation and physical properties; primary structure and an overview of protein folding and conformation. Enzymes: catalysis, kinetics, regulation. Metabolism: thermodynamics of reactions, chemistry of monosaccharides, glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle, glyoxylate cycle, regulation of central metabolism.
While taking this unit you must take BB10001.
NB. You must have A level Chemistry (or equivalent) to take this unit.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB10003 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 1)
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)