Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/pha-10030/lists
The understanding, diagnosis and treatment of disease is increasingly grounded in the molecular biosciences. This module aims to provide an introduction to biology at the molecular and cellular level, and considers what cells are, what they look like, and how they work. It will establish the principles and knowledge base of biochemistry to give students the means to build understanding of living things at the molecular level; and will convey how molecules, large and small, cooperate so that our cells are able to utilise food as fuel, to produce and respond to messengers that enable communication and coordination between different tissues.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe the structure and function of the key molecules of life ¿ protein and amino acids, simple carbohydrates and lipids, and nucleic acids.: 1,2,4Recognise how the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and kinetics constrain chemical and biological reactions, and the strategies that have evolved to allow biological reactions to work within these constraints.: 1,2,4Explain how lipids and proteins interact to form a functionalised cell membrane, and the role of such membranes in compartmentalising cell activity in organelles; in facilitating cell-cell interactions; and in harnessing the energy of electrochemical gradients to power the cell.: 1,2,4Perform basic analysis of biochemical and cell biology data.: 1,2,3,4
Lectures: 34 hours Workshops: 9 hoursLaboratory sessions: 32 hours Assessed laboratory practicals and exam: 10 hours Independent study: 215 hours
1: Exam weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
A 2-hour exam at the end of semester one comprising of MCQ and short answer questionsA two hours exam to omprise of 40 MCQ questions (five choices, one correct answer) and short answer questions (two to be chosen out of four). The exam will have an overall weight of 20%.2: Exam weighted 20%
A 2-hour exam at the end of semester two comprising of MCQ and short answer questionsA two hours exam to omprise of 40 MCQ questions (five choices, one correct answer) and short answer questions (two to be chosen out of four). The exam will have an overall weight of 20%.3: Laboratory Practicals weighted 30%
Laboratory assessmentThis will take two parts. Multiple formative and summative laboratory aptitude tests will be completed in the laboratory sessions, and witnessed and signed off by teaching or demonstrating staff. A single summative laboratory report (~2000 words) will be submitted two weeks after the completion of the relevant practical session. This will be supported by opportunities to submit formative lab reports for earlier sessions (overall weight: 30%).4: Assignment weighted 30%
In-course assignmentsThree in-course assignments that will be set at timings to align with content delivery during the course of the module, consisting in problems of biochemistry and cell biology; students will have two weeks to submit the solution via Turnitin. Problems will be in the form of Process-oriented Guided Learning (POGIL) worksheets with multiple sections to complete. Students will gain formative experience using these worksheets in the workshop sessions, and then additional worksheets will be used for summative assessment in this assessment component. (overall weight: 30%).