Cells and Metabolism module description

  • In this module students will be introduced to the structure of human cells and the basic metabolic process that are carried out for the utilization of energy from different substrates and the inter conversion of metabolites into tissues and energy stores.


    • Basic concepts of chemistry
    • Water, solvation, ionization, pH 
    • Structure of key food components 
    • Eukaryotic cell structure and organelles
    • Energy utilization 
    • Anabolic reactions 
    • Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the rudimentary concepts of chemical structure and bonding
    • Identify and outline the functions of different cell organelles
    • Explain the mechanism involved in cell division
    • Recognize the levels of organization associated with protein structure in relation to protein functionality
    • Classify enzymes based on reaction types  
    • Outline the key purposes and describe the key processes of Glycolysis, Oxidative Phosphorylation, TCA cycle, β Oxidation of lipids, Deamination of proteins, Glycogenesis, Cori cycle.
    • Generalise mechanisms of enzyme regulation 
    • Predict how improper control of biochemical processes might lead to illness and disease
    • Describe how physical activity influences cell metabolism