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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD1220 Cell and Molecular Biology

20 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Mike Zulyniak

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry to BSc programme

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Cells (animal, plant, microbial) and organelles (including plasma membrane)Cell division, transcription, translation and replication (viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes)Cellular respiration including oxidative and non-oxidative respiration, basic photosynthesisIntroduction to cellular metabolismStructure and function of nucleic acidsIntroduction to enzymes (with examples: food enzymes and nutritional enzymes), co-factors and inhibitorsBasic food microbiology (types of microbes in food (beneficial and pathogenic): bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, algae, protozoa - structure, growth and diversity, growth curves, positive way microbes are used in the food industry, and their potential to be food-borne pathogens)Microbiological techniques (aseptic plating, culturing, fermentation)


To introduce cell and molecular biology relevant to the study of food and nutrition.
To introduce basic microbiology in relation to food production and storage.
To develop an understanding of the mechanisms and biochemistry that govern the metabolic processes in biology

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. show an understanding of the basic concepts in cell and molecular biology;
2. appreciate the role and function of DNA and genetics in food and nutrition
3. describe enzyme function in food and nutrition;
4. understand structure, growth and identification of microorganisms and their relationship to food production, food spoilage and preservation and food poisoning;
5. carry out basic microbiological laboratory techniques

Skills outcomes
Recording skills.
Practical skills in microbiology.
Technical writing.


Structure and properties of eukaryotic and prokaryotic animal and plant cells
DNA transcription, translation, replication, and DNA mutations
Structure and properties of biomolecules: lipids, proteins, carbohydrates
Aerobic and anaerobic metabolism
Basic food microbiology
Role of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in health

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment22.004.00
Private study hours153.00
Total Contact hours47.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading for lectures, practical report writing and formative assessment.
Preparation for in-class test and examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Online MCQs and laboratory classes

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQlab based problem solving &MCQ20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

1 practical MCQ and 1 practical/problem solving write up

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Exam format - MCQ

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:32:03


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