Introduction to Genes and Biochemistry (809C7)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: