Full Title:Biochemistry
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BICH N8003
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2012/13 ( February 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module presents the necessary chemistry and biochemistry to prepare students for further studies in human physiology, exercise physiology and nutrition.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain basic chemical terms.
  2. Recognise/draw the structure and describe the function and properties of important biomolecules.
  3. Describe the process of protein synthesis and examine the impact of specific mutations on human health.
  4. Summarise the major steps in the catabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein.
  5. Discuss the human genome project and explain how genetic material can be altered.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Chemistry of life
Elements, atoms, ions, electrolytes, free radicals, molecules. Chemical bonds. Acids, bases, pH. Organic and inorganic molecules.
Proteins – structure, function: collagen, keratin. Enzymes – types, active site, factors affecting activity, inhibition. Zymogens, isoenzymes,enzymes and disease. Lipids – structure, function, fatty acids, cholesterol, lipoproteins and their metabolism. Carbohydrates -monosaccharides, disaccharides,polysaccharides - types and importance ,glycoaminoglycans and proteoglycans. Nucleic acids- structure, function,replication, transcription, translation, mutations,human genome project, gene therapy.
Cellular biochemistry
Glycolysis, Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle, Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation, gluconeogenesis, glycogen metabolism, beta oxidation, deamination, transamination, urea cycle. Fuels for athletic performance: interactions between carbohydrates, proteins and fats during the post absorptive state. Diabetes,starvation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Multiple Choice Questions n/a 1,2 25.00 0 0 n/a 0
Multiple Choice Questions n/a 2,3,5 25.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Learning and teaching methods will include lectures, followed by question and answer sessions. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 52.00 Once per semester 3.47
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.47
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Franyn K 2010, Metabolic regulation - a human perspective, 3rd Ed., 7,10,11,12, Wiley-Blackwell UK [ISBN: 978 1 4051 8359 8]
  • Jeukendrup A and Gleeson M 2010, Sport Nutrition, 2 nd Ed., 1, 3,, Human Kinetics USA [ISBN: 10-0-7360-7962-9]
  • MacLaren,D,Morton,D 2011, Biochemistry for Sport and Exercise Metabolism, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 9780470091852]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Delvin T 2010, Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlation, 7th Ed., Wiley UK [ISBN: 9780470609767]
  • Hames D , Hooper N 2011, Instant Notes in Biochemistry, 4th Ed., Taylor and Francis USA [ISBN: 9780415608459]
  • Houston, M 2006, Biochemistry Primer for exercise Science, 3rd Ed., Champaign, Il: Human Kinetics, USA [ISBN: 0736056122]
  • Stoker S 2007, General, Organic and Biological chemistry, 4th Ed., Houghton Mifflin company USA [ISBN: 10-0061860606 -8]
  • Bettelheim F,Brown,W et al 2013, Introduction to General,Organic and Biochemistry, 10th Ed., Thomson Higher Education USA [ISBN: 9781133109822]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 1 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 1 Mandatory