Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

Module code: BS2091

This module will provide appropriate grounding regarding the structure of proteins, how this relates to their function and the mechanisms responsible for the regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Through lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials and computer-based practical classes, this module will give you a thorough understanding of molecular aspects of the expression and regulation of genetic information in living cells.

Topics covered

  • Molecular interactions
  • DNA replication
  • Transcription and gene regulation in prokaryotes
  • Transcription and gene regulation in eukaryotes
  • Translation
  • Helicases and Topoisomerases

Learning

  • 23 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour tutorial
  • 114 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 2 hours (70%)
  • Summary of practical (5%)
  • Scientific summary task (25%)