AP0421 - Biochemistry

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the structure and function of biological molecules, the biochemical pathways of intermediary metabolism,
the functional significance of biochemical processes as well as their regulation in normal and aberrant states. In addition, you will be encouraged to
integrate the biochemical information covered by this module into a medically relevant context with an emphasis on organ-specific aspects of biochemistry,
the clinical significance of the concepts delivered and the regulatory mechanisms governing intermediary metabolism.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through content delivery modalities that include; lectures, learning in a small group setting, directed learning activities and self-directed study. St. George’s University actively promotes technology-enhanced learning through the use of course management software (SAKAI), interactive audience response (TurningPoint) and an online testing platform (ExamSoft). All information relevant to the module including; syllabus, objectives, timetable, staff contact details and assessment will be posted on the SAKAI module site. You will be provided with dedicated online learning resources for all components of the module encompassing: lecture notes, key texts, practice questions, directed learning activities, along with both formative and summative assessment. Exam feedback delivered through ExamSoft will provide an overview of your strengths and weaknesses across categories and subject areas for further improvement. Feedback will also be afforded to you through clicker questions within each lecture and weekly formative assessments. Formative feedback is further supplemented across all of the modules on the DipHE Medical Sciences programme after lectures or during office hours aligned to the assessment and feedback pillars in the programme framework for Northumbria awards.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic members of staff provide support during office hours and via email to clarify concepts and/or direct you to relevant resources and ou will also have the opportunity to participate in supplemental small group sessions led by a tutor or demonstrator to help you to comprehend and apply key concepts covered in lecture. Online practice questions are provided to help you evaluate your comprehension of module content and to help you grasp key concepts. All teaching and assessment material, including web-based practice problems and quizzes, case reports and other supportive material, is posted on the electronic course management site (SAKAI) and announcements regarding any changes in scheduled delivery will be posted on the module site and emailed to all students. Detailed objectives, practice problems, web based practice quizzes, and other supportive material are posted to the course management site to help guide you through the module. The discussion forum folder on SAKAI is a powerful tool of the course where you may post your questions regarding administrative as well as academic issues and will be encouraged to take part in the discussion. Forums are monitored by Academic members of staff. Academic, learning and personal support is provided through the SGU offices of the Dean of Basic Science, Department of Educational Services and Dean of Students.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Comprehend key concepts related to the basic structures and fundamental processes of life at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels and the major metabolic pathways (synthesis and degradation) of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids.
2. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of biological molecules, the biochemical pathways of intermediary metabolism, the functional significance of biochemical processes as well as their regulation in normal and aberrant states
3. Identify the structures and cellular roles of the major macromolecules: amino acids and proteins, carbohydrates
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities
4. Integrate understanding of biochemical information into meaningful knowledge with an emphasis on organ-specific, functional significance and regulatory mechanisms governing metabolic pathways to a clinical situation.
5. Develop effective approaches to study & learning, including self-management and self-evaluation & contribute effectively in partnership with others as a member of a team.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is provided through practice questions hosted on the electronic educational platform and in-class clicker questions

Summative assessment

1. Exam 1 ( MLO 2, 3)
2. Exam 2 (MLO 1, 2, 3)
3. Exam 3 ( MLO 1, 2,3
4. Exam 4 (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
5. Online Quiz 1 (MLO 1, 2)
Online Quiz 2 ( MLO 1,2,3)
Online Quiz 3 ( MLO 1,2,3
Online Quiz 4 (MLO 1,2,3,4,5)


Enrolment in the DipHE Medical Sciences


AP0422 Biochemistry Lab

Module abstract

Biochemistry is the bridge between chemistry and biology and is fundamental to virtually every biological process. Biochemistry can help us better understand human health and disease. This module is a comprehensive primer in biochemistry focused on addressing the structure and function of biological molecules; intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins; cellular communication, regulation of metabolism and integration of organ-specific functions under various dietary conditions. As such, this foundational module will prepare students to pursue various career paths in health sciences, including medicine, nursing, research and graduate education.

Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5 Year Programme

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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