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Provider: The Manchester College
Pathway: Human Biology
Diploma Title: Access to Higher Education Diploma ( Health and Physiotherapy )
Unit Title: Biological Molecules
Unit Code: GA33BIO01
Tutor/Assessor: Beth Tunstall
Assignment Title: Biological Molecules
Type of Assignment: SAQ
Word Count:~2500 words
Time allowed for supervised assessment: NA
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The first part of this unit will be assessed through the completion of a worksheet which will be done in class. The worksheet will cover assessment 1.1 and will give you an opportunity to illustrate the molecular models of simple molecules.
The second part of this unit will be assessed by an assignment that will cover the rest of the assessment criteria.
Q1: Complete the following table: (A.C 1.1, 1.2)
Amino Acid (Glycine R=H)
Q2. Complete the table below with a tick to show which of the following statements describe the molecules. (A.C.1.1, 1.2)
A hexose sugar
Insoluble in water
Formed by condensation
Contain the elements, C, H and O
Contains the element, N
Has a carboxyl group, -COOH
Show how glycerol combines with fatty acids to form a triglyceride.
Show, with the aid of appropriate diagrams, how α-glucose combines to make starch.
Name the chemical reaction that joins the glucose molecules together.
Name the bond that joins the glucose molecules together.
Explain how these polymers are digested and how the products of digestion are used in the human body.
Q4. Proteins are the most structurally sophisticated molecules known, consistent with their diverse range of functions, they vary extensively in structure
State the name given to the sequence of amino acids in a protein.
Name the polymer formed from a chain of amino acids.
Name the bond that is formed when two amino acids are joined together.
Identify the two possible outcomes of the secondary protein structure.
Identify the type of bond involved in the secondary protein structure.
Define the term ‘tertiary protein structure’.
Name the chemical bonds which serve to reinforce them and explain their role in maintaining the protein structure.
Explain why not all proteins form a quaternary structure.
Using an example of a globular protein and a fibrous protein relate the structure of each to their function in the human body.
(A.C. 2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
Q5.The structure of DNA allows it to both store and pass on information. (A.C. 3.1)
Read the following passage about the structure of DNA and chromosomes, and write the most appropriate word in each blank space to complete the account.
A DNA molecule consists of many repeating units called _________________
which are made up of _________________ sugar, a _________________, and a nitrogenous _________________. The DNA consists of _________________ strands held together by _________________bonds and the molecule is twisted into a __________________________________. There are four different nitrogenous _________________ They are _________________, _________________, _________________ and _________________A gene is a section of DNA that codes for the production of a _________________.The molecule that copies a gene is called a __________________________________.
Q6.DNA and RNA are nucleic acids. The table below contains a number of statements relating to nucleic acids.
Complete the table, using a letter D, R or B, to show whether each statement applies to:
DNA only (D)
RNA only (R)
Both DNA and RNA (B)
D or R or B
Consists of two chains connected to each other with hydrogen bonds
Has a sugar-phosphate backbone
Has four different nitrogenous bases
Contains a pentose sugar
Is found in the nucleus and cytoplasm
(b) Explain why DNA is structurally stable.
A A T T C G C C G G T A T T A G A C G T T
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Q7. Meselson and Stahl conducted an experiment to prove that the replication of DNA is semi-conservative. (A.C. 3.2, 3.3,)
Replication of DNA is described as ‘semi-conservative’. Explain this term.
Explain how the DNA molecule replicates.
Meselson and Stahl’s experiments involved growing bacteria in culture media containing either heavy nitrogen (15N) or light nitrogen (14N). The DNA was then extracted from the bacteria.
The table below summarises the three stages of Meselson and Stahl’s experiment and their results.
Complete the table by drawing, in the appropriate boxes, diagrams of the DNA molecules and mark the position and size of the DNA bands in the tubes.
Diagram to show the strands in the DNA molecules of the bacteria
Position and size of DNA bands in the tube of separating solution
Bacteria grown for several generations in culture medium containing heavy nitrogen
The bacteria from the end of stage 1 were grown for another generation in culture medium containing light nitrogen
The bacteria from the end of stage 2 were grown for one more generation in culture medium containing light nitrogen
The bacteria at the end of stage two were grown for five more generations. After each generation, what would you expect to see in the test tube? Draw these in the test tubes below.
Which part of the DNA molecule would be expected to incorporate the nitrogen?
Q8. Protein synthesis is carried out by the processes of transcription and translation.
A short length of DNA is shown:
State how many codons are present.
(b) Using the table below, find the sequence of amino acids resulting from the transcription and translation of the length of DNA. Show your working.
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Illustrate or construct molecular models of simple organic compounds.
Distinguish between the structural and molecular formulae of α-glucose, an amino acid, glycerol, a fatty acid and a nucleotide.
Show how small biological molecules combine to form larger molecules yielding water.
Describe the levels of structure in proteins.
Explain the roles of hydrogen and ionic and covalent bonding in maintaining protein structures.
Relate the uses of globular and fibrous proteins to their structures.
Describe the levels of structure in DNA and explain why DNA molecules are so stable.
Explain how the self-replicating ability of the DNA molecule is related to its structure.
Explain data showing that the replication of DNA is semi-conservative.
Interpret data to find the sequence of amino acids resulting from the transcription of a short length of DNA (minimum 15 bases).
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