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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM5315M Emerging Topics in Chemical Biology

25 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Megan Wright

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

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Undergraduate BSc degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or equivalent.

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should:
(a) have an appreciation of important emerging techniques and methodologies relevant to chemical biology
(b) be able to solve deductive problems using experimental results obtained using emerging experimental techniques
(c) be able to critically assess the relative merits and values of different experimental approaches
(d) recognise the importance of emerging topics in a broad biological context.


Ten series of seminars covering important emerging topics in chemical biology will be given by leading researchers at Leeds.

Examples of topics include:
- Advanced applications of computational chemistry in drug design
- Combinatorial biological methods
- Chemical genetics
- Diversity Oriented Synthesis
- Directed evolution of enzymes with novel activities
- Probing molecular interactions by NMR
- Chemical Methodologies for proteomics, genomics and glycomics, high throughput screening.

The student-led workshops involve substantial (ca 20 hours) background reading and workshop preparation; students will give presentations on topical research areas to the rest of the group. Deductive problems will also require substantial (ca 20 hours) preparation time for background reading and data interpretation.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours210.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)250.00

Private study

- Preparation of presentations for student-led workshops and answers to deductive problems
- Reading for seminars and workshops.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress monitored by seminar attendance, contributions in workshops and assessed deductive problems.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationAssessed presentations of specific research topics33.33
Problem SheetAssessed deductive problems33.33
EssayNews and views, critiques of primary literature33.34
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/09/2019


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