Introduction to Genes and Biochemistry
Module code: 809C7
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination
This module will provide background knowledge of five basic units of Biochemistry and the relationship between genes and proteins within the cell.
Unit 1 of the module deals with the molecules of life, DNA, RNA, nucleotides and the central dogma of molecular biology.
Unit 2 covers the decoding of the genetic code through the processes of transcription and translation.
Unit 3 deals with proteins, their structure properties and amino acid building blocks.
Unit 4 deals with enzymes and simple enzyme catalysed reactions.
Unit 5 covers metabolism and uses glycolysis and Krebs cycle as examples of typical pathways bioenergentics is briefly introduced.
Module learning outcomes
- Understand the structures and functions of DNA and RNA
- Understand the hierarchy of protein structure and how it relates to enzyme structure/function
- Understand the process of gene expression and its control
- Describe the basic mechanisms of energy metabolism and its importance