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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Provides an overview of general biochemistry to enable students to understand the role of chemical reactions in biological systems. Covers basic biochemical organisation and processes of the body, bioenergetics, selected metabolic pathways, and methods of separation and characterisation of molecules of biological interest.

Unit content

  • Review of organic functional groups, cellular structure and function, and properties of water
  • Amino acids and protein structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
  • Enzymes, coenzymes, reaction kinetics
  • Metabolism and bioenergetics: Krebs cycle, electron transport chain and ATP synthesis
  • Carbohydrates: structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
  • Lipids: structure, function, biological roles, and metabolism
  • Nucleic acids and protein synthesis

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 recognise the chemical and structural properties of biomolecules.
2 detail the metabolic pathways of amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids in relation to chemical features, cellular location, and regulation.
3 describe and illustrate the integrated nature of metabolic pathways in selected conditions.
4 perform experiments, interpret data and explain the link between theory and the experimental process.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise the chemical and structural properties of biomolecules.
  2. detail the metabolic pathways of amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids in relation to chemical features, cellular location, and regulation.
  3. describe and illustrate the integrated nature of metabolic pathways in selected conditions.
  4. perform experiments, interpret data and explain the link between theory and the experimental process.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.