Module Overview

Biochemical Transformations for Food and Pharmaceuticals

This module integrates bioenergetic principles and the different components of metabolism. The aim of this module is to understand the main metabolic pathways e.g. carbohydrates and lipids metabolism. Also, the mechanisms of control and regulation, and the importance of these metabolic pathways from a food and pharmaceutical industry point of view are explored. 

The practical programme will explore key aspects of metabolism in a laboratory/workshop setting. This is coupled with the development of skills in biochemistry analytical techniques and procedures such as PCR and SDS-PAGE coupled with relevant calculations

Module Code

TFBC 2002

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Bioenergetic principles.

Carbohydrates metabolism:

Glycolysis, Pentoses pathway, TCA cycle, gluconeogenesis and glucogenolysis. Oxidative phosphorylation and electron transport chain. Pathways of amino acid degradation.

Lipid Metabolism

Lipids: Digestion, absorption, transport, metabolic pathways.

Cholesterol metabolism.

Glycerol and fatty acid metabolism.


Biochemical analytical techniques

PCR principles.


The module will be delivered through formal lectures and a series of laboratory practical sessions. The practical course is designed to parallel theoretical aspects introduced during lectures. laboratory  practicals/workshops will include separation and purification methods and assays using volumetric, instrumental, spectrophotometric and chromatographic procedures.

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