MDSA20210 Molecules in Medicine 2

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a core module for the BHMED 001 Medicine programme. The module is designed to give students an understanding of the molecular and metabolic mechanisms that underlie the essential functions of cells and tissues. Topics covered include the structure and function of the
macromolecules essential for life, how they are synthesized and degraded and how they provide the energy for all cellular and bodily processes. Key concepts in DNA replication and protein synthesis; protein structure and function; energy generation and utilization; metabolic pathways and their
regulation will be explored. The application of these concepts in health and disease will also be examined.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Following successful completion of the module the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of 1. Nucleic acid structure, function and replication. 2. The genetic code and how genes are transcribed and translated into proteins. 3. Protein structure and function. 4. Enzyme action and regulation. 5. The structure of carbohydrates and lipids and their role as energy sources for cell and tissue functions. 6. The metabolic pathways involved in energy generation and utilisation. 7. The key pathways involved in macromolecule breakdown and synthesis. Students should also be able to describe how these processes contribute to normal bodily functions and give examples of how their malfunction can result in disease.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and tutorials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: 1 hour end of trimester exam with 30 MCQ component. 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: End of trimester exam 6 Short Answer Question. Final exam in RDS 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: 3 online Quizzes associated to each part of the module. Designed to revise learning materials and self-asses level of knowledge. Automatic feedback. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Submitted work will be annotated by the examiner for feedback and guidance purposes. General feedback will also be provided at the class level post-assessment. Students who require additional feedback may request to meet the module coordinator and/or examiner.

Name Role
Professor Brendan Loftus Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Julie Freeman Tutor