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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Develops an understanding of the biochemical pathways central to the breakdown and synthesis of carbohydrates and lipids and the production of energy within cells. Introduces metabolic regulation by hormones and exercise and consideration of changes associated with chronic metabolic diseases.

Unit content

  • Molecular structure and role of selected carbohydrates and lipids
  • Metabolism of carbohydrates
  • Metabolism of lipids
  • Pathology and pathophysiology of diabetes
  • Pathology and pathophysiology of chronic conditions associated with dyslipidaemia

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discriminate between healthy and pathological metabolic responses to changes in blood glucose level
2 outline the major pathways in carbohydrate metabolism and responses to fluctuations in intracellular environments
3 identify metabolically significant lipids and their major metabolic pathways
4 compare the effect of different exercise conditions on lipid and carbohydrate metabolism
5 describe the pathology and pathophysiology of dyslipidaemias, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, overweight and obesity, sleep apnoea and polycystic ovarian syndrome
6 interpret and explain data associated with metabolic dysfunction and the potential effects of exercise in these conditions

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

  1. discriminate between healthy and pathological metabolic responses to changes in blood glucose level
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    • GA4:
  2. outline the major pathways in carbohydrate metabolism and responses to fluctuations in intracellular environments
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. identify metabolically significant lipids and their major metabolic pathways
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. compare the effect of different exercise conditions on lipid and carbohydrate metabolism
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. describe the pathology and pathophysiology of dyslipidaemias, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, overweight and obesity, sleep apnoea and polycystic ovarian syndrome
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. interpret and explain data associated with metabolic dysfunction and the potential effects of exercise in these conditions
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    • GA4: