Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures
Practical 3 x 4 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory report 1.  Online answers submitted via Blackboard.  13%
Semester Assessment Laboratory report 2.  Online answers submitted via Blackboard.  13%
Semester Assessment Laboratory report 3.  Online answers submitted via Blackboard.  14%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Multiple choice question paper.  To test knowledge and understanding of individual pathways/cycles and how these interact.  60%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Discuss and describe the major biochemical metabolic pathways/cycles within cells, listing their start and end points, the intermediates in these pathways/cells and the enzymes/co-factors involved;

2. Discuss the interaction of these pathways and cycles (eg demonstrate an appreciation and knowledge of which molecules are common to two or more pathways/cycles and what cellular/physiological factors govern the fate of these molecules.

Brief description

The module will consider different major metabolic pathways: Molecules and elements relevant to the study of biochemistry; Enzymes; Glycolysis and gluconeogenesis; Citric acid cycle; Oxidative phosphorylation; Photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation; Proteins and amino acids; Fatty acids, lipids and membranes; Metabolic disorders and disruption of metabolism.


1. Molecules and elements relevant to the study of biochemistry
2. Enzymes
3. Glycolysis and gluconeogenesis
4. Citric acid cycle
5. Oxidative phosphorylation
6. Photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation
7. Proteins and amino acids
8. Fatty acids, lipids and membranes
9. Integration of metabolism
10. Metabolic disorders and disruption of metabolism

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Laboratory submissions will require calculations being performed (eg calculation of the concentration of a solution).
Improving own Learning and Performance Examination, Laboratory submission.
Information Technology Laboratory submissions will necessitate internet skills including promoting use of Blackboard. As part of this work students will need to perform calculations, which will allow them the opportunity to work with spreadsheets.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Students will need to apply their knowlede of biochemical pathways to address issues presented within the practicals.
Research skills Laboratory work will augment material in lectures. This will necessitate students undertaking background reading and research to obtain a more detailed understanding of the metabolic processes involved in the laboratory work.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Laboratory work will require production of a group working.


This module is at CQFW Level 4