This foundational module will provide learners with a general introduction to the biochemical principles upon which cells depend. It plays an essential role in establishing knowledge of the key chemical and cellular structures of life such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and subcellular organisation. It will also introduce key biochemical concepts relating to bioenergetics and enzyme kinetics.
Introduction to the cell
An introduction to the different types of cells.
Subcellular organisation of the cell
A look at the organisation of the different organelles which make up the eukaryotic cell.
Essential chemistry for biologists
A brief introduction to the chemistry required to understand biochemistry.
Biochemistry of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids
An introduction to the structure and function of these three key biomolecules.
Information on what enzymes are and how they function in the cellular environment.
Introduction to calculating enzyme rate of reaction and the effect of inhibition.
A brief introduction to ATP and how it is utilised in the cell.
A set of practicals focusing on: microscopy, cellular staining, biospectroscopy, calculations, enzyme kinetics and enzyme inhibition.
The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and practical sessions.
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