This course 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.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Total contact hours: 41
Private study hours: 109
Total study hours: 150
Method of assessment
Methods of Assessment:
Practical (20%) 3 hr
Test (20%) 40 min
Exam (60%) 2 hr
Nelson DL, Cox MM, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 7th Edition, W.H. Freeman, 2017
Alternative core texts (buy only one of):
Berg JM, Stryer L, Tymoczko JL, Gatto GJ, Biochemistry, 8th Edition, Macmillan HE, 2015
Garrett RH, Grisham CM, Biochemistry, 6th (international) Edition, Cengage, 2017
Alberts B, Essential Cell Biology, 4th Edition, W W Norton (ex Garland Press), 2014
Taylor MR, Simon EJ, Reece JB, Dickey J, Hogan KA, Campbell NA, Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections, 9th Edition, Pearson, 2018
Catch-Up Reading: Crowe J, Bradshaw T, Chemistry for the Biosciences: The Essential Concepts, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2014
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to have:
A basic understanding of the composition, structure and function of the major groups of molecules in cells; nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.
A basic understanding of the principles of purification, separation and characterisation of macromolecules.
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