This module will study the structure and analysis of major biochemicals from living cells, training students in the basics of structure and analytical quantification methods commonly used with macromolecules such as proteins, polysaccharides, lipids, nucleic acids and vitamin chemistry. Also covered is the theoretical basis of enzyme action. It will describe the theoretical basis for chromatographic and electrophoretic techniques applicable in the biopharmaceutical/medical/nutritaional health area and expose the student to their experimental and practical use for the first time. It will also introduce the student to basic metabolic processes.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the basic structure and chemistry of the major constituents of the living cell, identify their presence and function (where relevant) and quantify them experimentally.

  2. Operate a range of analytical instruments and equipment for analysis of biomolecules, in a safe and efficient manner. Prepare and use standards in qualitative and quantitative analysis. Determine the composition of unknown samples by reference to standards ( graphs and / or calibration curves).

  3. Interpret the results of biomolecular analyses.  Evaluate the accuracy and precision of the chosen method. Evaluate the limitations of the chosen procedure. 

  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of biomolecules in the maintenance of normal bodily function.

  5. Produce clear, concise, accurate and objective documentation relating to experiments carried out in the practical component of the course, using appropriate software.

  6. Execute experiments/analyses in the laboratory in compliance with relevant and current health and safety legislation and guidelines, and understand the relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards associated with the practical component of this course, applying appropriate standards and procedures for risk containment. 

  7. Proceed to more advanced studies in biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics, immunology and other related subjects.

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%