|Module Title||NUTRITIONAL BIOCHEMISTRY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Neil R McEwan|
|Other staff||Dr Michael T Rose, Dr Neil F G Beck|
|Course delivery||Lecture||4 x 1 hour lectures per week|
|Practical||1 x 3 hour practical per week|
|Seminars / Tutorials||2 x 2 hour tutorials to discuss and feedback regarding coursework essays|
1. Demonstrate an understanding of tissue metabolism and the key metabolic pathways in mammals.
2. Describe the principles of energy, protein and lipid catabolism and anabolism in the body.
3. Identify basic biochemical techniques relevant to metabolism.
4. Summarise metabolic regulation in mammals
5. Appreciate and discuss the importance of the integration of metabolism within the body.
This module aims to introduce and explain the key metabolic pathways associated with the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in mammalian tissues. Mechanism of energy generation and expenditure will be investigated, as will biosynthetic pathways. Control of metabolism at a cellular level will be explored as will the hormonal integration of metabolism in the body. These key areas will be brought together in an attempt to gain holistic vision of the function and control of metabolism in hepatic, adipose, muscle and mammary tissue.
Key metabolic pathways and control mechanisms in animal and human metabolism will be studied. In particular, pathways and key enzymes in glycolysis and energy generation within mammalian systems, glucogenesis and glycogen metabolism together with lipid and protein catabolism and anabolism will be studied. Control of metabolism at a cellular level will be explored as will the hormonal integration of metabolism in the body. Whole body metabolism will be stressed through a detailed examination of the importance of metabolic status and selective study of key metabolic organs. Specifically the function and control of metabolism in hepatic, adipose, muscle and mammary tissue will be considered within a framework of understanding metabolic demand and nutrient homeostasis.
Formal lectures will be combined with coursework essays and laboratory practicals to help foster a more complete understanding of basic biochemical techniques and how metabolic parameters integrate with metabolism in productive farm animals.
|Problem solving||As part of the practical aspect of this course students will be expected to interpret and discuss experimental measurements in relation to enzyme kinetics and whole body metabolism|
|Research skills||Both in terms of laboratory practicals and using research papers from peer reviewed journal sources for essay answers|
|Communication||Written communication - essay and exam|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Developed for essay and exam|
|Team work||All laboratory work will be carried out in small teams|
|Information Technology||Word processed essay, incorporating graphical material where appropriate|
|Application of Number||Interpretation and discussion of data obtained in laboratory practicals will strengthen the students? grasp of number usage|
This module is at CQFW Level 4