Biology Online Module Handbook

BL2306 Biochemistry

(BL2306 online module handbook version 31)

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Due to recent technological developments, metabolism and its regulation has re-emerged as an important area of Biology. This module will examine major biological macromolecules, the common motifs which occur in metabolic reactions, explore the properties of enzymes catalysing these reactions and consider the approaches to characterise the small molecule complement (metabolites) of biological systems. A number of central metabolic pathways and their control will be studied in detail, alongside examples of their importance in disease and recent metabolomic studies.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Jacqueline Nairn
jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463604
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL1101 and pass BL1102*
Anti-requisite Modules:
You cannot take this module if you take BL2104*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL2306: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL2306 Timetable

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2306: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 20 September 2018 22:20:12.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL2306: Contributing Staff

Dr Jacqueline Nairn

Dr Jacqueline Nairn
(Module Organiser)

Senior Lecturer jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Tracey GlosterDr Tracey GlosterWellcome Trust Research Fellowtmg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Rafael Guimaraes da SilvaDr Rafael Guimaraes da SilvaResearch Fellowrgds@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Carolin KosiolDr Carolin KosiolLecturerck202@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Jacqueline NairnDr Jacqueline Nairn
(Module Organiser)
Senior Lecturer jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Carlos Penedo-EsteiroLecturerjcp10@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2306: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL2306 successfully should be able to:

  • Explain the chemistry and structure of the major biological macromolecules and how that determines their biological properties
  • Mine, manipulate and interpret data from small molecule and macromolecular databases
  • Use molecular viewers
  • Explain the chemical and thermodynamic principles underlying biological catalysis and the role of enzymes and other proteins in determining the function and fate of cells and organisms
  • Conduct experiments to explore enzyme activity
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of essential features of cell metabolism and its control, including topics such as energy and signal transduction, respiration and photosynthesis
  • Appreciate the diversity of small molecules within cells, their dynamic concentration range and how to study these, both individually and as part of a metabolome
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2306: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biomolecule isolation/characterisation
  • Buffers
  • Chromatography
  • Database interogation
  • Enzyme assay
  • Kinetic data analysis
  • Molecular viewer software
  • Pipetting
  • Protein characterisation
  • Protein purification
  • Protein quantitation

Transferable Skills

  • Preparing group poster on given topic
  • Q+A poster session
  • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Handout (for presentation or poster)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Searching databases
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Lab safety awareness
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Calculations/equations
  • Concentrations
  • Data analysis
  • Data presentation
  • Dilutions
  • Draw a line of best fit
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Produce tables
  • SI units
  • Use Excel
  • Use R or R Studio
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)