Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
BS12910 - Biochemistry of Life
Normally A or AS level Biology

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1hour lectures
Practical 2 x 3 hour practicals (duplicated)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 Hours   Practical examination  Practical exam held in the department (20%); peer assessment of practical activity (10%)  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Two hour examination (MCQ and essays)  70%
Supplementary Assessment 1 Hours   Practical exam  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Written paper  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • describe the integrated structure and function of the generalized eukaryotic cell
  • describe the energy-utilizing machinery of the cell and discuss its role as an efficient recycling factory with organized and regulated inputs and outputs
  • identify the structures of cell organelles and their chemical constitution
  • discuss the functions of the various cell organelles, their intercommunication and their contribution to the overall functioning of the cell


Topics include:

Evolution of the cell, emphasizing the increasing compartmentalization.
Assimilation of chloroplasts and mitochondria as energy converters.
Generalized cell construction and the structure and function of organelles.
Generalized membrane structure and the plant cell wall synthesis, construction and function.
Transport of ions and small molecules across the plasma membrane.
Cellular import and export of macromolecules.
Cell junctions and communication between cells.
Structure of the cytoskeletal constituents in relation to cellular motility and intracellular transport.
Nuclear structure and function in terms of replication of DNA and RNA synthesis.
Ribosome assembly and function in translation.
The Golgi apparatus and its role in protein targeting.
Lysosome structure and function in relation to recycling.
Social behaviour of cells and multicellularity.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The practical classes will provide opportunity to develop numerical skills.
Communication Attendance at lectures, presentation of practical work and written examinations will provide opportunities to develop written and listening skills.
Improving own Learning and Performance Attendance at lectures and practicals, working to deadlines for practicals and preparation for examinations will require the development of self management strategies and personal action plans.
Information Technology
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Practical classes will provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills.
Research skills
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific concepts relating to cell biology will be developed.
Team work Practicals will require some degree of teamwork. Students will also engage in peer assessment of data interpretation.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Campbell, N. and Reece, J. (2005) Biology 7th Benjamin Cummings Publishers Primo search
Reference Text
Alberts, B., Johnson, B., Lewis, A.J., Raff, M., Roberts, K. & Walter, P. (2002) Molecular biology of the cell. Garland Science Pupl., New York Primo search Becker, NH, Kleinsmith, LJ, Hordin, J. (2006) The World of the Cell Benjamin Cummings Publishers Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4