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BL3310   Bioenergetics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Lectures: 12.00 noon Mon, Tue and Wed Practicals: to be arranged.

The conversion of one form of energy into another by a biochemical process is at the centre of all life. This module studies the biological systems for conserving energy from food oxidation and light absorption (photosynthesis) and the conversion of the resulting redox energy into chemical energy in the pyrophosphate bonds of ATP. The module also considers electron transfer processes in biology and the energetics of trasport processes. Chemiosmotic theory and the principles are considered in detail as are the structure and function of electron and proton transfer systems of energy tranducing systems. Practical classes will introduce the student to the methods used in this field of study. The module will comprise twenty lectures, eight hours tutorials/seminars in total, and twelve hours in practical classes.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2302 or pass BL2306

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks) and 2 x 6-hour practicals, split over 2 days, and 2 x 3-hour student presentation seminars, during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 51

Guided independent study hours: 149

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 34%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Existing Coursework = 34%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr J Nairn
Module teaching staff: Team taught