Warning! This subjects requires on campus attendance. Refer to Special Requirements for more information.
Cultivate skills about structures, properties and functions of cells, tissues and organisms. Study biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, and metabolism. Reveal chemical processes in organisms. Develop technical and biochemical investigation talents
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Online & on-campus
Subjects may require attendance
- 31 May 2021
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On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- State the key chemical components in different organisms, their key functions, locations and understand how they are synthesised and degraded; recall the key metabolic pathways, the enzymes involved and how they are regulated; apply knowledge to explain how enzymes are integral to the functioning of organic systems
- Prepare biological samples for chemical analyses and enzyme assays
- Apply common biochemical techniques including centrifugation, chromatography, biochemical assays for analysing different biological samples and discuss experimental results using tables, plots, and interpret them using knowledge acquired through lectures, tutorials and private study
- Adhere to protocols and procedures, take appropriate precautions to ensure laboratory processes are followed with regard to environmental, occupational health and safety, and ethical standards and regulations
- Work independently and in teams in the laboratory and in tutorial-based exercises through practical classes and observations
- Biochemical techniques
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
This course assumes the prior knowledge and understanding of cells and their functions at first year university level, as obtained in Cell Structure & Function or an equivalent course, or evidence of equivalent capabilities.
- Attendance requirements - Biological Chemistry (SP2) will be done online only.
This course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and practical skills on the structural and functional components of cells, tissues and organisms (at undergraduate year level 2). It provides a study of the chemical processes taking place in organisms and the technical skills needed to investigate these processes. It introduces key concepts of biological chemistry and relates them to cell physiology, with an emphasis on structure-function relationships.
The course aims to develop your knowledge of different aspects of biochemistry through lectures, and the application of skills and knowledge is demonstrated in practical sessions, which help develop the employability skills required in biochemical analysis in a range of industries.
The course also develops skills related to the critical assessment of scientific data and the presentation of scientific results used in all disciplines within the sciences.
- Prac Reports (30%)
- Invigilated Exam (50%)
- Pre-Prac Test (20%)
Current study term: 30 May 21 to 29 Aug 21
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