Module Identifier RS12310  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Neil Beck  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite A/AS level Biological Science subject or an appropriate equivalent  
Mutually Exclusive Not for students who have taken BC10310 nor those taking BC10510  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours   50%  
  Continuous assessment     50%  

Aims of the module
This module aims to provide the student with a basic understanding of the structure, function, and biosynthesis of the major organic constituents of living organisms, and the processes of growth, excretion and energy generation in animals. It will also provide awareness of biochemical changes and microbial activity in nutrient cycling/decomposition; composting, agriculturally important fermentations and the poisoning of farm animals. The ecological impact of some agricultural pollutants will also be examined.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

Syllabus / Curriculum design
This module will be presented as a lecture course with four practical sessions to complement and highlight parts of the lecture material. A visit to the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research will give students an awareness of the practical applications of biochemical and microbial techniques.

Content: Description of molecules; Biosynthesis; Enzymes; Excretion; Energy; Growth; Nutrient cycling and decomposition; Anaerobic digestion of farm wastes; Composting; Silage and Rumen; Poisoning; Biodegradation of xenobiotics; Agricultural pollution issues

Reading Lists
Carr M & Cordell B. (1992) Biochemistry - Biology Advanced Studies.
Freeland P. (1991) Micro-Organisms in Action, Focus on Biology.
Plummer D. (1989) Biochemistry: The Chemistry of Life.
Smith A & Wood EJ. (1992) Biosynthesis - Molecular and Cell Biochemistry Series.
Conway GR & Pretty JN. (1991) Unwelcome Harvest.