Short Title:Principles of Biochemistry
Full Title:Principles of Biochemistry
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BIOC H2040
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Biology and biochemistry
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Darvree Downey
Module Description:The module builds on the students' basic knowledge (from Biology 2) of , proteins, carbohydrates and the analysis of biomolecules. The module provides an introduction to enzymology theory and applications, providing the knowledge required for biotechnology modules in later semesters. The study of integrated cell-mediated responses enables the student to understand and appreciate the integration of cellular functions in both normal and altered states. Examples of biopharmaceutical products are highlighted throughout the module.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the structure of proteins and carbohydrates and explain the relationship between structure and function
LO2 Describe the basis and kinetics of enzyme activity and predict the effects of enzyme assay conditions on enzyme activity
LO3 Explain the principles and applications of a range of protein, enzyme and carbohydrate assays.
LO4 Explain and give examples of cell-cell communications systems
LO5 Describe selected metabolic pathways
LO6 Describe examples of commercially important biopharmaceuticals, their applications and production

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment In-class, or on-line tests, or presentations, in written, oral or poster form, which focus on one or two topics within the module and build from lower to higher stake assessment over the course of the semester. 1,2,3,4,5,6 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6 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 Lectures and in-class discussions based on the module topics 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Reading recommended texts and research articles to inform understanding; Study for in-class or online CAs, presentations; Studying topics to enable the understanding of the theoretical aspects of Lab Skills Biochemistry practicals; Exam study 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Meisenberg & Simmons 2017, Principles of Medical Biochemistry, 4th Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: 9780323296168]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Thomas M. Devlin 2010, Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations, 7th Ed., 1,3,6, 9,10, 12,13,14,15, 16, 21,22, Wiley-Liss [ISBN: 978-0-470-28173-4]
  • Andreas Hofmann,Samuel Clokie 2018, Wilson and Walker's Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 8th Ed., Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9781316614761]
  • Gary Walsh 2014, Proteins, 2nd Ed Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 9780470669860]
  • Walsh 2003, Biopharmaceuticals: Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2nd ed Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0470843277]
  • Mathews, Van Holde, Appling & Anthony-Cahill 2012, Biochemistry with Companion Website, Prentice-Hall Canada [ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0132806411]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Science Direct - Science Direct Database,
  • Relevant review articles as indicated during the module, TIBS
  • Tibtech, Scientific American
  • Nature
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SABIO_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bioanalytical Science 3 Mandatory
TA_SPHAR_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science 3 Mandatory
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 3 Group Elective 1
TA_SAPHR_D Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science 3 Mandatory
TA_SBIOL_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology 3 Mandatory