In this course we shall describe techniques for isolating and purifying cellular components, and for studying protein action in the context of metabolism. We shall go on to discuss the metabolism of carbohydrates and pyruvate, and of fatty acids. At the same time, we shall consider energy requirements and generation in metabolism, and provide an introduction to the field of microbiology.
Throughout the course we shall emphasise the experimental techniques, the evidence and the unifying concepts behind our current understanding of metabolic processes.
The taught classes (lectures, practicals, data handling classes and case studies) define the course material but it is essential that you read the relevant sections of textbooks and make your own notes on the material covered in the course. You will also be recommended further reading material and should make full use of the library.