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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Advanced topics, Mammalian Anatomy Physiology
Module Code SS327
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Niall Moyna
Semester 2: Niall Moyna
Autumn: Niall Moyna
Module TeachersNiall Moyna
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The module examines the biological role of macronutrients and their metabolism by integrating basic knowledge in physiology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Relate the principles of biochemistry and physiology to the science of nutrition
2. Describe the structure, function, digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, fats and proteins
3. Describe the key metabolic pathways involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and ketones in the fed and fasted state and, during exercise of different intensities and duration
4. Develop an appreciation for the complex molecular signaling pathways that regulate whole body metabolism is response to a variety of perturbations
5. Interpret nutritional research and debate controversial or evolving nutritional issues

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study77Independent study and independent tasks
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Review of inorganic, organic and biochemistry

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins
Chemical structure and function of carbohydrates fats and proteins

Structure, function and properties of enzymes with special reference to chemical specificity, chemical affinity, activation energy, kinetics, proteolytic activation and, allosteric and covalent regulation

Cellular compartments and membrane transport mechanisms
Cellular compartments and membrane transport mechanisms

Carbohydrate, fat, and protein digestion and absorption
Carbohydrate, fat, and protein digestion and absorption

Carbohydrate metabolism
Carbohydrate metabolism – aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis, glycogenesis, glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis

Lipid metabolism
Lipid metabolism – lipolysis, beta oxidation and lipogenesis

Very low density lipoprotein and chylomicron
Very low density lipoprotein and chylomicron synthesis, transport and metabolism

Pyruvate dehydrogenase complex
Mechanism of action and regulation of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex

Ketolysis and ketogenesis
Ketolysis and ketogenesis

Krebs cycle and electron transport chain
Krebs cycle and electron transport chain

Signal transduction
Signal transduction with special reference Gs, Gi and Gq protein linked receptors and insulin signaling pathway

Insulin synthesis, storage and release

insulin, glucagon, epinephrine and cortisol
Metabolic actions of insulin, glucagon, epinephrine and cortisol

Molecular mechanisms underpinning the regulation of metabolism in response to normal and prolonged fasting, a meal and exercise

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestShort essay and MCQ50%n/a
In Class TestShort essay and MCQ50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Vassilis Mougios: 2006, Exercise Biochemistry, Human Kinetics, 0736056386
  • Jie Kang: 2008, Bioenergetics Primer for Exercise Science, Human Kinetics, 0736062416
  • Herman Pontzer: 2021, Burn, Allen Lane, 0241388426
  • Robert Lustig: 2021, The truth about processed food and how it poisons people and the planet,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PEBB.Sc Physical Education with Biology
Date of Last Revision07-JUN-11

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