Postgraduate Course: Biochemistry A (PGBI11100)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will cover the biochemistry of enzymes and metabolic pathways, including the chemistry behind the mechanisms of action, structural biology and enzyme kinetics. Examples of current research in health and disease will be explored.
Lectures will cover
- the fundamental chemical principles required to understand the structures and chemistries of biomolecules.
- enzymology, including enzyme classifications, reaction mechanisms, allostery, regulation, feedback.
- several metabolic pathways will be covered in depth to illustrate the principles
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessed poster presentation (60%)
Written exam (40%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe different enzyme reaction mechanisms
- Understand the importance of structural biology in enzyme function.
- Appreciate the interrelationships between metabolic pathways.
- Search and extract data from enzyme databases; and critically evaluate and manipulate primary published kinetic and structural data.
- Be able to research, design, prepare and present an informative and creative scientific poster
|There are many excellent general textbooks, including those below, available in the university library; read an occasional chapter.|
Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry by D.L.Nelson and M.M. Cox, W.H. Freeman.
Molecular Biology of the Cell by B. Alberts, et al, Garland Science.
Molecular and Cellular Enzymology. J.Yon-Kahn, and G. Hervé, Springer.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Searching, reading and critical analysis of literature
Discussion and presentation
|Course organiser||Dr Janice Bramham
Tel: (0131 6)50 4786
|Course secretary||Ms Andrea Nichol
Tel: (0131 6)50 8643