NS4207: Biochemistry

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NS4207: Biochemistry

Module Title Biochemistry
Module Code NS4207
Module Tutor Daniel Stones
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life. Students will learn about the structure and function of key molecules, how these molecules interact with each, and how the cell organises biological molecules and co-ordinates their activities.

Indicative Syllabus

Through lectures, laboratory practical sessions and workshops students will explore the molecular biology of the cell. Starting with the origin of life itself, and the properties of one of the most important biological molecules (water), students will then learn about the structure and function of DNA and proteins. Students will also gain practical experience and skills in basic DNA and protein methods. This module will cover in more detail the various structures and biochemical interactions that occur in the cell, such as the lipid bilayer, photosynthesis and respiration. The module will focus on current research in the field and students will be encouraged to engage with and interpret journal articles as sources of reference.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Research and communicate complex scientific principles and ideas effectively
  2. Describe the structure and function of key biological molecules, including DNA, proteins, lipids and saccharides.
  3. Explain some of the complex interactions that occur within a cell, and how the cell regulates and organises these processes.
  4. Safely and accurately perform basic biochemical laboratory procedures.
  5. Discuss contemporary issues and research in the field, using journal articles and scientific studies.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 75% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 words or equivalent
002: 25% Written Exam: End of module, unseen, closed book: 1.00 hours
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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