Short Title:Biochemistry
Full Title:Biochemistry
Module Code:BIOC H2005
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Biology and biochemistry
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Darvree Downey
Module Description:This module aims to provide the student with a knowledge and understanding of the biochemistry of mammalian cells and how biochemistry relates to physiological function. The module builds on the students' knowledge of bio-molecules from Biology II and their knowledge of the structure and function of mammalian cells (from Biology I). There is particular emphasis on cellular membrane structure and function. The module explains the biochemical processes underlying biological systems (covered in Biology I) such as the immune system and the nervous system. The role of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in cellular function and how bio-molecular structure relates to function is explained using medical and dietary examples. The module uses examples of diseases and genetic disorders to enable students to correlate the causes and symptoms of medical conditions with what happens in cells at a molecular level. The module builds on the students' knowledge of how the energy in foods is converted to cellular energy and introduces them to the complexity of human metabolic pathways. Theoretical aspects of this module are supported by laboratory experiments delivered in 'Laboratory Skills IV".
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe biomolecular structure and explain how it relates to function for carbohydrates, proteins and lipids
LO2 Describe the structure and function of cellular membranes and distinguish between the different forms of membrane transport
LO3 Describe the biochemical composition of a range of bodily fluids and distinguish between different tissue types based on cellular composition and structure
LO4 Explain how energy from food intake is converted to cellular energy in oxidative metabolism
LO5 Source and evaluate peer-reviewed material on a module-relevant biochemical topic and present this information in a poster or oral presentation as an individual or group project

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Online or in-class multiple choice or short question quizzes designed as low stake assessments with a formative emphasis. Feedback will enable students to evaluate their understanding of the topics studied and generate in-class discussion of difficult concepts. 1,2,3,4 15.00 n/a
Project A group or individual project in which students are given a title and asked to produce a poster or presentation describing the biochemical topic outlined in the title using peer-reviewed source material and images. 5 15.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Information presented as Powerpoint Slides and Images with video-clip links and in-class discussion and activities to explain threshold concepts 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Reading recommended texts and research articles to inform understanding. Viewing relevant videos and animations; Studying for in-class or online assessments.Research and preparation of project. Figuring out how the theory informs work in the laboratory for Lab Skills IV. In addition, the material covered in this module should be correlated with related modules in this and previous semesters (Biology 2; Principles of Biochemistry; Scientific Analysis 1 & 2, Lab Skills IV) 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Devlin, T.M. 2010, Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations, 7th Ed., Chapters 1;3,9, 12-15; Parts of Chap 23 & 24, Wiley-Liss NJ, USA
Recommended Book Resources
  • Christopher K. Mathews, Kensal E. van Holde, Dean R. Appling, Spencer J. Anthony-Cahill, 2012, Biochemistry with Premium Website, Prentice Hall Canada [ISBN: 9780132806411]
  • Andreas Hofmann,Samuel Clokie 2018, Wilson and Walker's Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 131661476X]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Selected current relevant articles from TIBS, Nature, TiBtech, etc..
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SABIO_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bioanalytical Science 4 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 4 Mandatory
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 4 Group Elective 1
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 4 Mandatory
TA_SBIOL_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology 4 Mandatory