Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3310 Bioenergetics

(BL3310 online module handbook version 34)

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The conversion of one form of energy into another by a biochemical process is at the centre of all life. This module studies the biological systems for conserving energy from food oxidation and light absorption (photosynthesis) and the conversion of the resulting redox energy into chemical energy in the pyrophosphate bonds of ATP. The module also considers electron transfer processes in biology and the energetics of trasport processes. Chemiosmotic theory and the principles are considered in detail as are the structure and function of electron and proton transfer systems of energy tranducing systems. Practical classes will introduce the student to the methods used in this field of study. The module will comprise twenty lectures, eight hours tutorials/seminars in total, and twelve hours in practical classes.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Jacqueline Nairn
jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463604
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL2302 or pass BL2306*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
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

BL3310: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL3310 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)

BL3310: Assessment

3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 13 November 2018 23:20:10.)


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

BL3310: Contributing Staff

Dr Jacqueline Nairn

Dr Jacqueline Nairn
(Module Organiser)

Senior Lecturer jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Rafael Guimaraes da SilvaDr Rafael Guimaraes da SilvaResearch Fellowrgds@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Frank Gunn-MooreProf Frank Gunn-MooreProfessor of Molecular Neurobiology, Deputy Head of School fjg1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Peter HeathcoteProfessor, Visiting Scholarph28@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr John LucocqDr John LucocqReaderjml7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Jacqueline NairnDr Jacqueline Nairn
(Module Organiser)
Senior Lecturer jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Samantha PittDr Samantha PittRoyal Society of Edinburgh Biomedical Fellowsjp24@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottSenior Lecturergrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Rona RamsayDr Rona RamsayReaderrrr@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)

BL3310: Learning Outcomes

The conversion of one form of energy into another by a biochemical process is at the centre of all life.

Students completing module BL3310 successfully should be able to:

  • To develop an understanding of how biological systems conserve energy from food oxidation & light absorption (photosynthesis), and the conversion of the resulting redox energy into chemical energy
  • To build an appreciation of the electron transfer processes in biology and the energetics of transport processes
  • To examine in detail the principles of and evidence for the the chemiosmotic theory and its principles including the structure and function of electron and proton transfer systems of energy transducing systems
  • To consider recently studied associations between mitochondria and disease
  • To introduce the methods used in this field of study
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)

BL3310: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biomolecule isolation/characterisation
  • Buffers
  • Enzyme assay
  • Pipetting
  • Protein characterisation

Transferable Skills

  • Short group presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding literature
  • Lab safety awareness
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Calculations/equations
  • Dilutions
  • Produce tables
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Designing experiments
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)