This module covers the basic principles of metabolism in
living things including cellular respiration, energy-coupling
reactions, protein structure and function, enzyme kinetics,
fuel utilisation during starvation, regulation of biochemical
processes and protection against oxidative damage and
toxic substances. This is a concept-driven course that
provides understanding of how living organisms harness
chemical reactions for their metabolic needs. The practical
component of the module introduces students to basic
biochemistry laboratory experimental techniques.
Concepts learnt in this module provide a foundation for
other biology-related modules, for example Immunology,
Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Recombinant
DNA Technologies, Proteomics, Nutrition, Food Science,
Structural Biology, Clinical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
Chemistry, and Pharmacology and Toxicology.
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