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BIOC2303 Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Glyn Hemsworth

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Year one of the above degree programmes


BIOC1301Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Proc
BIOC1302Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills
BIOC1303Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide training in the analysis and interpretation of experimental and numerical data, problem solving, teamwork, essay writing and presentation skills. Also to work with students to enhance employability

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students should have:
1. Improved ability to critically assess data from a range of different experimental methods;
2. Have confidence in the handling of numerical data and writing essays;
3. Delivered short presentations on scientific topics to their peers;
4. Be prepared to design and undertake a research project in final year.


BIOC2303 delivers skills teaching to support learning across the breadth of the L2 Biochemistry syllabus. Teaching will be delivered in a range of different class sizes ranging from 5 students to whole class, and will include numerical data handling, essay writing, oral presentations, self-directed learning and critical analysis of research data.

BIOC2303 also contributes to the distinctiveness of the Biochemistry and Medical Biochemistry degrees as a subset of the problems are themed for each cohort of students.

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
Drop-in Session41.004.00
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for a wide range of different learning activities including self-directed learning, small group tutorials, seen question essay writing, oral presentations etc.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Continuous in tutorials.

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
EssaySeen essay title / exam practice10.00
Oral Presentationoral presentation5.00
In-course Assessmentsmall group problem solving exercises5.00
In-course Assessmentextended data handling exercise20.00
Tutorial PerformanceAttendance and participation at all BIOC2303 teaching sessions10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Note: 50% of answers to extended data handling exercise will be transferred to automated marking.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 07/10/2021 15:31:41


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