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BIOC2306 Intermediate Biochemistry

30 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Joan Boyes

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 1 UG Programme - Biochemistry/ Medical Biochemistry.


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

Module replaces

BIOC2301: Intermediate Integrated Biochemistry, 60 credits, S3

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The module builds upon the introductory biochemistry of molecules, pathways and cells studied at level one.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have developed knowledge and extended further their understanding along the following major themes:
1. Protein Structure and Function Theme (Semester 1)
2. Genes Theme (Semester 2)


Semester 1
Protein Structure and Function Theme:
Ligand binding
Structural biology techniques including:
· mass spectrometry
· X-ray crystallography
· electron microscopy
Enzyme kinetics
Protein folding
Function of chaperones
Antibody structure and function
Use of antibodies in molecular biology
RNA biology
Bacterial infections

Semester 2
Genes Theme:
Eukaryotic gene expression including
· Epigenetics
· Transcription factors and their modifications
· Long range regulatory elements
Bioinformatics in relation to gene regulation
The cell cycle
Genetic diseases and therapy including:
· Genome organisation
· forensic analysis
· molecular diagnosis
- gene therapy
V(D)J recombination
Molecular biology of cancer

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Class tests, exams and assessment12.502.50
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Independent online learning hours234.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Online learning resources for use in student's own time. Revision packages with various practice questions and essay examples.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- Completion of coursework assessment and exam.
- Engagement with VLE resources.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQProtein Structure & Function Theme (S1)10.00
In-course MCQGenes Themes (S2)10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 20 mins30.00
Unseen exam 2 hr 00 mins17.50
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins15.00
Unseen exam 2 hr 00 mins17.50
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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: 14/11/2022


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