Biochemistry for Technology

A foundation course that introduces molecular aspects of the cellular processes occurring in humans, animals, microbes and plants. An exploration of the molecules of life, proteins and enzymes in action, energy for living and energy storage with applications to the environment, health and disease, biotechnology, nutrition, sport and exercise. Theoretical aspects are supported by a laboratory programme focused on proteins and enzymes and their uses in diagnosing disease.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.




Course planning information

Course notes

This course is only available to BVetTech Year 2 students.

Attendance at all five case study tutorials is compulsory. Non-attendance, without exemption having been granted, constitutes failure in the course, regardless of marks obtained in assessment procedures. A minimum of 30% in the mid-semester test and 40% must be achieved in the final examination.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe and explain (using diagrams and written text) the basic concepts of protein structure and how these relate to protein (and enzyme) function in health and disease using specific examples.
  • 2 Use annotated diagrams and written text to describe the structure and function of common carbohydrates, lipids, and biological membranes, and the movement of molecules across membranes in mammalian systems.
  • 3 Describe and explain (using diagrams and written text) how energy is obtained from food (including digestion and absorption), utilised by mammals and how these key metabolic pathways are regulated.
  • 4 Discuss the connections between carbohydrate, lipid and amino acid metabolism in the context of glucose homeostasis.
  • 5 Use facilitated group discussion together with internet resources to solve problems based on case studies that reflect disorders in proteins, metabolism or glucose homeostasis.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 30%
Test 5 20%
Participation 5 0%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 50%
Supplementary 1 2 3 4 0%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Highly recommended


2ND (2018)

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