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Postgraduate Course: Biochemistry A (PGBI11100)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessed poster presentation (60%)

Written exam (40%)
Feedback Written feedback for poster presentation; staff and guide answers will be available for individual verbal feedback about the examination after the Exam Board.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe different enzyme reaction mechanisms
  2. Understand the importance of structural biology in enzyme function.
  3. Appreciate the interrelationships between metabolic pathways.
  4. Search and extract data from enzyme databases; and critically evaluate and manipulate primary published kinetic and structural data.
  5. Be able to research, design, prepare and present an informative and creative scientific poster
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Searching, reading and critical analysis of literature
Discussion and presentation
Poster preparation
KeywordsBiochemA
Contacts
Course organiserDr Janice Bramham
Tel: (0131 6)50 4786
Email: janice.bramham@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Andrea Nichol
Tel: (0131 6)50 8643
Email: Andrea.Nichol@ed.ac.uk
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