Life Sciences

Introduction to Genes and Biochemistry

Module code: 809C7
Level 6
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