Metabolism, Nutrition and Disease - BIOS5200

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Andrew Lawrence checkmark-circle


This module covers the general principles of metabolic disorders and focuses on pathways, enzyme mechanisms, and diseases associated with defects in metabolism.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 23
Total Private Study Hours: 127
Total Study Hours: 150


It is recommended that you have taken core Stage 1 modules in Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences

Method of assessment

Computer Practical Report (2,000 words) – 30%
Examination (2 hours) – 70%

The examination is a compulsory sub-element and must be passed to complete the module.

Indicative reading

Clarke, Joe T. R., (2010). A Clinical Guide to Inherited Metabolic Diseases. 3rd Edition Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Nelson DL, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. Editions 5 – 7.
Newsholme, E. and Leech, A. (2009). Functional Biochemistry in Health and Disease. Chichester: Wiley.
Osgood M., Ocorr K.A., (2012). The Absolute, Ultimate Guide to Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry: Study Guide and Solutions Manual, 6th edition, New York: W.H. Freeman.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate critical understanding of selected mechanisms that can lead to human metabolic diseases, and their genetic basis.
Recall metabolic maps that relate the main pathways of catabolism and biosynthesis to each other.
Demonstrate significant understanding about how metabolic pathways interact with each other, including those in different tissues.
Demonstrate critical understanding of selected chemical mechanisms that underpin the metabolism studied.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Communicate effectively and confidently using a variety of methods.
Analyse data relating to metabolic defects and report results.
Solve complex problems.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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