Module title: Biochemistry (Sri Lanka)

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

Module code: BMS08801
Module leader: Samantha Campbell Casey
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SRI LANKA
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Samantha Campbell Casey
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures cover learning outcomes 1-5 and explain core concepts of the module. To ensure that every learner is as active as possible, tutorials contain collaborative, interactive exercises and suggestions for further study. Questions are encouraged within all face-to-face teaching, and via Moodle.

Formative Assessment:
Each of summative elements will also play a formative role in allowing students to gain a measure of their understanding of the module as well as their summative role. Students will be able to access relevant CeLLS materials which also contains elements of formative assessment.
There are a number of other self-assessment tests available via Moodle to allow students to gain a measure of their performance on the module. Personalised feedback is given on the written components of assessment.

Summative Assessment:
This is a core module which is a building block for all the biological degrees therefore it is essential that students are able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in all areas of the subject. The inclusion of four assessments satisfies this requirement and the diversity of assessment will also impart a number of transferable skills. Summative assessment comprises continuous assessment tasks as well as a final examination. The continuous assessment tasks comprise two online tests (LOs 1-5) and also an essay (LOs 1-4). Each of these elements will also play a formative role in allowing students to gain a measure of their understanding of the module as well as their summative role.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
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
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 50 1,2,3,4,5 11 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Essay 30 4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 1,2,5 5 HOURS= 0.5, WORDS= 0
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 3 & 4 9 HOURS= 0.5, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction. Enzymology and Kinetics (Specificity, Michaelis-Menten). Introduction to Metabolism (Types, ATP, Mechanims of Regulation), Energy from Nutrients (Glycolysis, TCA cycle, Electron Transport, Oxidative Phosphorylation, ? oxidation of lipids, protein breakdown). Energy Storage and Biosynthesis (Pentose Phosphate Pathway, Synthesis Glycogen, Glucose, Fatty Acids, lipids and amino acids) . Clinical Metabolism and Nutrition (Fasting, feasting, malnutrition, diets and special needs, haem metabolism, cholesterol metabolism, nucleotide metabolism). Replication, Transcription, Translation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Describe the processes involved in metabolism and describe how macronutrients are broken down to yield energy in the form of ATP.
LO2: Describe the major biosynthetic pathways of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, including storage molecules.
LO3: Discuss the mechanisms by which metabolic pathways are regulated both generally and specifically in terms of the major metabolic pathways of macronutrients.
LO4: Discuss the consequences of disturbances in metabolism in health and disease states.
LO5: Describe the properties and specificity of enzymes and use a problem solving approach to determine enzyme kinetic data.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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