Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • DNA Structure & Function
    • Proteins and Enzymes
    • Bioenergetics
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Streaming Multimedia
    • Print Materials
      • Study guide
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

Upon successful completion of this subject you should be able to:

  1. use the basic vocabulary of biochemistry and molecular biology to describe the structures and functions of biological macromolecules, in order to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the concepts underlying structure-function relationships in cell function, health and disease
  2. apply biochemical and molecular biology techniques, principles and methodologies in addressing research problems
  3. write scientific reports that present coherent evidence-based explanations to communicate to peers
  4. compute basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphic representations to aid in the interpretation of biochemical data consistent with scientific standards
  5. demonstrate independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information
  6. participate as an effective team member and collaborate effectively on selected learning exercises.
  • Assignment 1 - Video, 7.5 mins/750 word (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - 4 x 10% ea, 1600 words (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - 2 x 5% ea, 400 words (10%)
  • Assignment 4 - 1200 words scientific report (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is concerned with the function of biological systems at the molecular level. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is central to most studies in biology and life sciences and is directly related to biomedical research and biotechnology. In this subject, students are introduced to gene structure and function, DNA replication, transcription and translation; molecular biology; protein structure and its relationship to protein function (with particular emphasis on enzymes) and bioenergetics. The practical applications of these themes in terms of molecular biology techniques (including DNA purification, restriction digestion, PCR, analysis of recombinant DNA and techniques in expression of proteins in heterologous hosts), spectrophotometric methods and enzyme kinetics will also be investigated.  This subject lays the foundations for the study of Metabolic Biochemistry and Cell Biology in BCM202 and similar subjects.

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