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BIOC3111 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry I

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Glyn Hemsworth

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOC3112Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry I
BIOL3112Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 1
MICR3120Advanced Topics in Microbiology 1

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


Students should become familiar with current research in a range of topical areas within the field of biochemistry.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have:
1. Gained a knowledge of current research in a range of biochemical topics chosen from the list of topics presented, and with reference to their programme specialism, subject interests and career intentions;
2. Developed their communication and presentation skills by researching and preparing an essay on a topic of current biochemical interest.

Skills outcomes
- Managing Knowledge: sourcing / selecting / interpreting data.
- Technical Competence: IT skills.
- Managing Self: planning, time management.
- Presentation Skills: essay.


The module will comprise a series of at least 10 advanced topics from which students will be required to choose 5 topics. The topics presented will reflect current developments across the subject of biochemistry and exploit the current collective expertise of the School's academic and research staff.

In each topic lecturers will present current thinking and research findings, referring students to the research literature. Students will be required to read the up to date research literature to advance their knowledge beyond the material presented in the lectures.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Students should note that the following information is for guidance only. The actual time required for the various elements will vary between students.
- 25 hours of self-study per advanced topic (125 hours)
- 45 hours - examination and preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)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: 11/08/2022


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