Life Sciences

Biological Chemistry

Module code: C7024
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Laboratory, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

Biological Chemistry is a module that addresses the central chemical concepts in Biology. It is not a chemistry module, but does require some chemistry knowledge. The topics covered in the module include understanding enzymes and the mechanism by which they catalyse biological reactions as well as carbohydrate and lipid structures. Protein structure discussed in the Molecular Biology module in autumn term will be built upon and discussed in terms of the structure and mechanisms of action of haemoglobin.

The module includes practical sessions as well as tutorial problems and lectures.

Module learning outcomes

  • Discuss the nature of enzymatic reactions and analyse simple enzyme kinetics experiments.
  • Describe the structure and function of specific proteins with examples e.g. haemoglobin and myoglobin; and chemical techniques used to study them.
  • Describe the structure and function of lipids and carbohydrates in biological systems and techniques used to study them.
  • Describe the importance of energetic homeostasis in living organisms.