Core Module Information
Module title: Biochemistry

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS08101
Module leader: Samantha Campbell Casey
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

A knowledge of cell biology, biological chemistry

Description of module content:

This module will expand your basic knowledge of biochemistry by introducing you to the principles of metabolism (catabolism and anabolism) and the manner in which metabolic pathways are integrated and regulated. These biochemical principles are universal and a range of different examples including plant, bacteria and animal will be used to support your learning. The role of the protein structure/function relationship will be a key focus of the module and will underpin all aspects, but specifically in enzymology and kinetics and how this can then be applied in the real world for development of new inhibitors to be used in a therapeutic or beneficial way. You will look at catabolism and anabolism of key molecules including carbohydrates, proteins and lipids, how these pathways are regulated and integrate together and how cellular metabolism adapts to changing conditions such as feeding, fasting and also disease states. There will also be an opportunity in the module undertake analysis and measurements of biochemical parameters and test some of the key principles of biochemistry within the laboratory.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Discuss the importance of the protein structure/function relationship using a range of different examples.
LO2: Describe the properties and specificity of enzymes and use a problem solving approach to determine enzyme kinetic data.
LO3: Explain how catabolic and biosynthetic pathways are integrated within metabolism and the major advantages this brings to the organism.
LO4: Explain the mechanisms by which metabolic pathways are regulated both generally and specifically.
LO5: Describe the consequences of disturbances in metabolism using a range of suitable examples.
LO6: Understand how to investigate and measure biochemical parameters within the laboratory using a range of techniques.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Samantha Campbell Casey
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Laboratory report 50 1,2 & 6 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1200
Class Test 50 3,4 & 5 12 HOURS= 01.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS08101 Biochemistry