module specification

BE6063 - Energy Metabolism & Endocrinology (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Energy Metabolism & Endocrinology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Report (1000 words)
Unseen Examination 50%   Exam (1.5 hours)
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

This module aims to integrate the biochemical and physiological aspects of energy balance and how energy homeostasis may be regulated with reference to clinical metabolic disorders and obesity. This module will also provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility; decision making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature

Prior learning requirements

Entry Requirements


Energy Homeostasis: Biochemistry and physiology of the fed and the fasting state, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.
Hormones: Biochemical effects and interactions of hormones dominant in energy homeostasis
Energy Balance: Animal models of altered energy homeostasis; central integration of energy balance.
Clinical Applications: The concept of disorders of metabolic regulation; consideration of the relevance of syllabus content to obesity, diabetic mellitus, trauma, slimming drugs and their mode of action.  LO1-3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching and learning sessions include tutorials (12 h), lectures (24 h), and course work with feedback where appropriate. Lectures are used to set context and to deliver subject material, and are linked to course work and tutorials. Students will be expected to reflect on the learning experience and develop their own understanding of the material. Writing skills will be enhanced through the production of a laboratory report of an experiment. The ability to undertake scientific and ethical appraisal of data will be encouraged through directed reading and tutorial discussions. Students will be expected to reflect upon taught material in order to demonstrate their understanding of the aspects of biochemistry covered in this module.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. Integrate the biochemical and physiological theories underlying energy homeostasis and its clinincal disturbances.
2. Critically evaluate current theories on energy balance regulation.
3. Explain the roles and mechanisms of action of hormones involved in energy metabolism at the cellular and whole body levels.

Assessment strategy

The module will be summatively assessed by means of a critical review on a relevant topic of the students choice (50% of overall mark) – learning outcome 1, and a 1.5 hour online written exam (50% of overall mark) – learning outcomes 1-3. The students must pass with an overall mark of 40%.


Frayn KN. 2010. Metabolic regulation: A Human Perspective. 3rd Edn. London; Wiley-Blackwell.
Gropper SS, Smith JL. 2012. Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism. 6th Edn. California USA; Wadsworth Publishing Co. Inc. (core)
Steelman GM (2010) Obesity evaluation and treatment essentials. Informa
Williams G, Fruhbeck G. 2012 Obesity Science to Practice. Wiley -Blackwell