BMS2801 - Molecules and Cells

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Equivalent Course(s)
(for students who took BCH2804 during academic year from 2011/2012 to 2014/2015)
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Not offering in current academic year

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Course Aims

Biomolecular structures allow us to understand the molecular nature of healthy cells and treat the underlying molecular causes of disease. Our cells contain thousands of molecules that must all work in concert to keep us healthy. This course will introduce the students to the molecules and the biochemical processes which support life.  This course aims to: (1) develop in students an understanding of the structures of biomolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins; (2) students will learn about their functions and biochemical reaction and to acquire a comprehensive view of energy metabolism, basic metabolic pathways and their controls; (3) they will develop an appreciation of biomolecules in relation to health, diseases and biotechnology. This course will also introduces the basics of cell biology; (4) they will learn about structures and functions of cellular components such as the cell membrane, and nuclei; (5) students will learn the intimate relationship between “structure” and “function” in a cell: how specialized cellular structures are evolved to accommodate and facilitate particular biochemical reactions of the biomolecules and how the defects in cellular structures can lead to diseases; (6) they will also learn that cells possess genetic information and the means to use it; (7)  students will learn about the biochemical and mechanical activities taking place inside cells. This course serves as an introduction to biochemistry and cell biology.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%
Examination Duration: 3 hours
Minimum Passing Requirement : A minimum of 30% in coursework as well as in examination, in addition to a minimum of 40% in coursework and examination taken together.
Detailed Course Information


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