Module Details

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Title Biological Energy Conversion Processes
Code CHEM382
Coordinator Professor M Brust
Chemistry
M.Brust@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 7.5

Pre-requisites before taking this module (or general academic requirements):

 

Aims

• To discuss how fundamental energy conversion in nature occurs by storage of energy in the form of concentration gradients across membranes.
• To introduce chemically pathways for the photosynthesis, respiration, ATP synthesis, the Calvin cycle, the citrate cycle, fermentation
• To show the mechanisms behind active transport, nerve signalling, the K/Na pump, muscle contraction and molecular motors.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to show a comprehension of energy conversion processes found in nature

(LO2) Students will be able to describe the important points relating to chemical processes in photosynthesis respiration, ATP synthesis, the Calvin cycle, the citrate cycle and fermentation

(LO3) Student will be able to describe the significance of concentration gradients across membranes in biological systems.

(LO4) Students will be able to discuss the mechanisms behind active transport, nerve signalling, the K/Na pump, muscle contraction and molecular motors


Teaching and Learning Strategies

15 lectures, accompanied by 2 tutorials


Syllabus

 

Fundamental energy conversion in nature occurs by storage of energy in the form of concentration gradients across membranes. This is conceptually difficult for students to comprehend and will be treated in great detail. Based on this understanding processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, ATP synthesis, the Calvin cycle, the citrate cycle, fermentation, active transport, nerve signalling, the K/Na pump, muscle contraction and molecular motors will be taught. Particular emphasis will be on photosynthesis as the key process responsible for the accumulation of fossil fuels.


Recommended Texts

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Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     2

    15

17
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 58
TOTAL HOURS 75

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
online time-controlled exam open book  1.5 hours + 1hour fo    60       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
one problem-solving assignment Standard UoL penalties apply for late submission. There is no re-submission opportunity. These assignments are not marked anonymously.      40