Metabolism and Metabolic Regulation - BIOS5210

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will cover the following areas:

* Principles of metabolic regulation: Allostery, cooperativity, phosphorylation, and hormonal control. Metabolic regulation in response to cellular energy status. Transcriptional regulation.
* Plant metabolism: Photosynthesis and carbon fixation.
* Microbial metabolism: Nitrogen metabolism, stress responses, metals, and secondary metabolites.
* Metabolism in biotechnology: Manipulating microbial metabolism for the production of useful compounds. Manipulating mammalian cell metabolism in biotechnology.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Total Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

• Practical report (2,000 words) – 30%
• Examination (2 Hours) – 70%

Indicative reading

* Garrett R.H. (2017). Biochemistry (Sixth Edition). Boston, MS: Cenage Learning.
* Nelson D.L., Cox, M.M., and Lehninger A.L. (2017). Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. (Seventh Edition). New York: W.H. Freeman.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Understand key modes of metabolic regulation.
2. Understand key elements of plant and microbial metabolism that are distinct from human metabolism covered elsewhere.
3. Understand the importance of metabolic processes in biotechnological applications.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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