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Course Overview

This Biochemistry course focuses on the role of proteins in cells, tissues and organisms.  It covers topics such as the role of proteins in catalysis of enzymatic reactions, in cell signalling, cell-cell interaction and cell shape and movement, and touches on the critical roles of selected proteins in human health.  Teaching is delivered by a combination of lectures, workshops and practicals.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Berndt Mueller

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

This course focuses on the role of proteins acting as enzymes, and how they are regulated. It introduces cell signalling systems, and how they act to control gene expression and enzyme activities. It examines cell signalling systems and other functions important for metabolic health, and channels and transporters that move molecules across membranes. It describes the role of proteins acting as cytoskeleton and determining cell shape and movement, and their role in cell-cell interaction and tissue formation.

You will gain first-hand experience of laboratory procedures used to acquire the information learned about in lectures, and in presenting and analysing data.

You will gain experience in researching a specific topic and presenting your findings in form of a literature review.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Essay - 15%

Lab Report- 15%

2 x Tests - 5% each

Exam - 60%

Alternative Resit Assessment

One essay (15%)

One lab report (15%)

Two tests  (5 % each)

Exam 60%


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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