1QUESTION You are required to write an essay, with labelled diagrams, which demonstrates your understanding of cell metabolism. You must include the following within your essay: • An explanation of the generation of ATP in metabolism. • An explanation of the term metabolic pathway. • An explana

You are required to write an essay, with labelled diagrams, which demonstrates your understanding of cell metabolism.
Before you begin, you are advised to review the study materials for this unit. You should then research the subject area more widely.
This unit is graded; you will therefore be awarded with a Pass, Merit or Distinction once you have successfully achieved all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Refer to the grid for the grade descriptors and indicators for Merit and Distinction.
Remember: this assignment has to be all your own work. Whilst properly referenced content is fine and encouraged, any work that is not wholly your own effort has to be acknowledged as such and correctly referenced using the Harvard format.
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Section 1: Assignment
1QUESTION
You are required to write an essay, with labelled diagrams, which demonstrates your understanding of cell metabolism.
You must include the following within your essay:
• An explanation of the generation of ATP in metabolism.
• An explanation of the term metabolic pathway.
• An explanation of how metabolic pathways are regulated.
• An explanation of the significance of the tricarboxylic acid cycle (Krebs cycle) in generating ATP.
• An explanation of the role of the Calvin Cycle.
• An analysis of oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondrion.
• An analysis of photosynthesis in the chloroplast.
You are required to include at least one labelled diagram to support each of these topics.
GUIDANCE
The essay should be written in paragraphs which flow; it is therefore recommended that you plan your essay before you start to write it.
You must attempt to include some conclusions and recommendations towards the end of your essay.
Relevant theory must be referenced where appropriate and a references list and bibliography provided.
Remember to include labelled diagrams to support your explanations. If these are taken from published sources you must reference them accordingly.
The essay should be a maximum of 2,000 words in length.
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Grade Descriptors
The following Grade Descriptors will be used throughout this unit.
Grade Descriptor Indicative Content for Merit Indicative Content for Distinction
Understanding of the subject The student, student’s work or performance demonstrates a very good grasp of the relevant knowledge base. The student, student’s work or performance demonstrates an excellent grasp of the relevant knowledge base.
Application of knowledge The student, student’s work or performance makes use of relevant facts and models, has breadth or depth that goes beyond the minimum to Pass, and has very good levels of insight. The student, student’s work or performance makes use of relevant facts and models, has breadth and depth, and has excellent levels of insight.
Communication and presentation The student, student’s work or performance shows very good command of use of images, language (including technical or specialist language), spelling, punctuation and referencing. The student, student’s work or performance shows excellent command of use of images, language (including technical or specialist language), spelling, punctuation and referencing.
Quality The student, student’s work or performance taken as a whole, demonstrates a very good response to the demands of the brief/assignment. The student, student’s work or performance taken as a whole, demonstrates an excellent response to the demands of the brief/assignment.
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