Module Overview

Biochemistry of Metabolism

The purpose of the module is to provide an understanding of the metabolic pathways in the human body, the storage and management of energy and the regulation of metabolism. It builds on the biochemistry studied during year one.

Module Code

BIOL 2109

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change
Practicals (TU866/TU867)
The practical programme will explore key aspects of metabolism in a laboratory setting. Indicative practicals include, but are not limited to:
- Rate of glucose metabolism in the cell
- Determinants of the release of glucose from tissues
- Emulsification and digestion of lipids
Workshops (TU870/TU872)
- Integrated metabolism 
- Metabolic disorders 







Carbohydrate metabolism

Digestion and absorption of carbohydrates; anerobic and aerobic glycolysis; ATP yield from glucose oxidation, glycogen metabolism, gluconeogenesis, glucose metabolism in fed/fasted state;  insulin and glucagon;

Lipid metabolism

Digestion and adsorption of lipids, lipoproteins; β-oxidation; fatty acids synthesis; triacylglycerol metabolism; lipid metabolism in fed/fasted state, ketone bodies, isoprene synthesis;

This module will be delivered over one semester with a total of 46 contact hours. The module will use a mixture of didactic lectures (17h), tutorials (8h), either laboratory sessions (TU866/TU867) or workshops (TU870 and TU872) depending on the programme (21h).


Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40