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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.
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.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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