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BI25M7: ENERGY FOR LIFE (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

  • understanding the fundamental workings of cells is important to a wide range of scientific disciplines; 
  • this course integrates the key metabolic and biochemical processes that underpin human, animal and plant life in relation to health and disease; 
  • this core knowledge prepares you for more advanced study in all areas of life sciences and has wide ranging applications; 
  • you will also participate in an award winning practical series focussed on drug discovery which will build essential employability skills in experimental design, data analysis and practical laboratory skills

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr John Barrow

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI25M6 Energy for Life (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

"Now, a living organism is nothing but a wonderful machine endowed with the most marvellous properties and set going by means of the most complex and delicate mechanism." Claude Bernard, An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (1865). For life to be "set going" and survive, the single unit of life (the cell) must utilise and manage energy. This is as true for a single cell as it is for a multi-cellular organism such as you. The course deals with the way cells manage their energy requirements by reference to the processes of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Cellular processes that allow the complete breakdown of these food molecules to produce energy will be discussed with reference to glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, the breakdown of fatty acids, the terminal respiration system and oxidative phosphorylation. Mechanisms by which cellular molecules are built from simple precursors will also be explored via the processes of gluconeogenesis, glycogen synthesis, the pentose phosphate pathway and amino acid metabolism. This collection of highly dynamic processes can only take place in a coordinated manner because of enzymes, which allow the processes to occur and also offer points of control, consequently enzyme function and catalysis will be discussed. The course will conclude by examining how the human body can control these processes to efficiently control its energy requirements and expenditure.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Microbiology
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • Bachelor Of Science In Microbiology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • MSci Pharmacology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Sports & Exercise Sci with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Human Embryology & Developmental Bio with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Indust'l Placement
  • Master In Science In Pharmacology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Human Embryology & Developmtl Biology Biobus With Ip
  • Msci In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla

Contact Teaching Time

44 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 26, 28, 30 - 32
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 26, 28 - 29, 31, 33 - 34
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 27, 30, 32, 35

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 4 x 30 min MCQ exams (80%); single lab report (20%)

Resit: 1 two-hour MCQ exam (80%); previous continuous assessment (20%)

Formative Assessment

Revision sessions allow students to assess their understanding of the lecture material and receive feedback on their performance.

Feedback

Practical reports will be marked with written comments. Students are given general feedback on performance during revision sessions. Students receive on-line feedback on completion of the on-line tests.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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