Module Title:Biomolecules
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught as 5 one hour theory classes over 12 weeks. Classes may take the form of formal lectures or tutorial-type sessions. A range of teaching techniques will be used as appropriate, including discussion of case studies, worksheets, PowerPoint and other presentations. Students will be encouraged to learn through questioning and group discussions.
Module Aim: To give the student a sound background in the structure, functions and metabolism of various biomolecules as well as a basic introduction to the principles of pharmacology and immunology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the structure, functions and metabolism of various biomolecules.
LO2 Explain basic concepts of immunology.
LO3 Explain basic concepts of pharmacology
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Structure of amino acids. Classification and chemical properties. Essential amino acids. Protein structure, properties and function. Enzymes; classification and properties such as heat and pH sensitivity, specificity, rate of reaction.
Structure and function of lipids. Glycerides, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, essential fatty acids, phospholipids and cholesterol.
Sugars and polysaccharides. Structure and function of the chief monosaccharides and disaccharides. Structural and storage polysaccharides.
Function of water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins and of minerals.
Catabolic and anabolic metabolism. Metabolic control; location, compartmentation, hormonal control and feedback mechanisms. Glycolysis and tricarboxylic cycle. The electron transport chain, proton pump and ATP generation.
Molecular Biology
Structure of DNA and RNA, DNA replication, transcription and translation.
Transport and Signalling
Cellular transport mechanisms, ligands, cellular receptors and signal transduction, agonists and antagonists.
Basic immunology concepts such as cells and mechanisms involved in the immunologic response, innate and adaptive immunity, humoral and cell mediated immunity. Infection and immunologic response, strength of the immune response.
Introductory pharmacology: Factors involved in the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Drug delivery and novel dosage devices. Dose calculation and clearance rates. Basic Mechanism of Drug Action: The drug-receptor complex. Multipharmacy - antagonism and synergism. Introduction to the properties and use of various classes of drugs.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Special Regulation
Learners are required to achieve a minimum grade (35%) in CA and Final Examination
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination 1 hour examinations 1 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3 70.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 5.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation 4 Mandatory
CW_SAASC_D Bachelor of Science in Analytical Science 4 Mandatory
CW_SASCI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry 4 Group Elective 2