Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Physiology and Biochemistry

DESCRIPTION An introduction to the study of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Emphasis is given to the application of biochemistry and molecular biology to the health sciences.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the study-unit the student will understand:

The relationship between cells and biomolecules;
The importance of water as a biosolvent;
The fundamentals of three dimensional structure of macromolecules;
The relationship between structure and function;
Genes, DNA and recombinant technology;
The basis of signalling pathways;
The importance of salient carbohydrates.

The student will also be able to:
Describe the metabolic pathways of glycolysis and TCA cycle.

Reading List:
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry: Nelson D.L., Cox, M.N. – Worth. ISBN 9-781572599314 (in library).
Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Biochemistry: Champe, P.C., Harve, R.A. – Lippincott Williams & Williams ISBN 0-397-51091-8 (in library).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Renald Blundell

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