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BIOCHEMISTRY

Biochemistry Major Combination
NQF Level: 5: CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503, STA1510, EUP1501
NQF Level: 6: BCH2601, BCH2602, BCH2603, BCH2604
NQF Level: 7: BCH3701, BCH3702, BCH3703, BCH3704

Bioenergetics - BCH2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
Purpose: To enable students to understand the basic principles of bioenergetics and the metabolism of selected carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids.
Biopolymers of Heredity - BCH2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
Purpose: To enable students to explain the central dogma describing the flow of genetic information in the biosphere and to understand the principles of regulation of gene expression.
Biochemistry (Practical) - BCH2604
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 or CHE1502
Purpose: This module form part of the degree Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences. Upon completion of this module student will have a general understanding of basic scientific experiments applied in biochemistry.
Introductory Biochemistry - BCH2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
Purpose: To enable students to understand the scope of biochemistry and to know the structure and functions of biomolecules i.e. carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids and lipids.
Enzymology - BCH3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: BCH2601
Purpose: To enable students to describe and explain the structure and function of enzymes, as well as the kinetics and mechanisms of enzyme-catalysed reactions. The knowledge acquired will enable students to recognise the relevance of enzymes in living systems and how the characteristics of enzymes are used in numerous life sciences and biotechnical applications.
Advanced Metabolism - BCH3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: BCH2602
Purpose: To enable students to obtain advanced knowledge of the central metabolic pathways and their regulation. This will enable them to analyse metabolic pathways and defects in metabolism.
Molecular Genetics - BCH3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: BCH2603
Purpose: To enable students to obtain well-rounded and systematic knowledge of gene structure and function and of the principles and applications of recombinant DNA technology.
Biochemistry (Practical) - BCH3704
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: BCH2604 Co-requisite: Any two of the following: BCH3701, BCH3702, BCH3703
Purpose: This module form part of the degree Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences. Upon completion of this module student will have a general understanding of analytical experiments applied in biochemistry. This includes the use of spectrophotometer, GC-MS and tandem mass spectrometry.
Proteins, Integral to Cellular Function - LSH4812
Post Graduate Diploma Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: This module forms part of Bachelor of Science Honours in Life Science. Students who successfully complete this module can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure of peptides and proteins and how changes in these structures may contribute to disease. Students will also be able critically differentiate when to use the various laboratory techniques that determine and analyse protein structure and folding. The knowledge students acquire will be applied to critically analyzing current protein and peptide based therapies.