10 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: MAT1510, MAT1520

MAT1510 and MAT1520

Aims/Description: This course provides an introduction to biochemistry and molecular biology that builds on the anatomy, physiology and cell biology learnt at Level 1. It starts with the chemical components of living cells and progresses by understanding how simple chemicals become macromolecules and, in turn, form lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. How macromolecules form individual components of a living cell such as the membrane, chromosomes and mitochondria is also considered. The essential functions of the cell including metabolism, DNA replication and genetic transcription are then discussed. Finally, how a complex of cells can form a tissue is examined.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Materials Science and Engineering):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK