This module will provide an introduction to biomolecules in living matter. The simplicity of the building blocks of macromolecules (amino acids, monosaccharides, fatty acids and purine and pyrimidine bases) will be contrasted with the enormous variety and adaptability that is obtained with the different macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids). The nature of the electronic and molecular structure of macromolecules and the role of non-covalent interactions in an aqueous environment will be highlighted. The unit will be delivered though lectures, formative practicals and related feedback sessions to ensure students fully understand what is expected of them. Short tests (formative assessment) will be used throughout the unit to test students' knowledge and monitor that the right material has been extracted from the lectures.
Total contact hours: 47
Private study hours: 103
Total study hours: 150
Method of assessment
• Smart Worksheet (3 hours) – 20%
• MCQ Assessment (40 questions) – 20%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%
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1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the composition, structure and function of the major groups of molecules in cells; nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of purification, separation and characterisation of macromolecules
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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