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BIOC3303 Advanced Biochemistry: Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Professor Frank Sobott

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

Year running 2022/23


BIOC1303Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling
BIOC2303Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The aim of the module is to develop and reinforce a range of scientific skills expected in high-quality Biochemistry graduates.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Engage confidently with the published scientific literature;
2. Extract and summarise the key points of a scientific paper;
3. Critically analyse the quality of published research;
4. Be aware of issues associated with conducting scientific research;
5. Be aware of modern laboratory techniques associated with their subject, the nature of the data they produce, and how they are presented;
6. Work with numerical scientific data and interpret their biological meaning.


Students will participate in group exercises: a series of general themes of topical importance to their degree programme will be considered. Students will attend seminars given by both academic staff and guest lecturers, which will address recent developments in biochemistry.

Students should develop problem-solving skills and will also participate in careers workshops and sessions to improve their interview/self-presentation skills.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
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.
- 3 hours of self-study per tutorial (60 hours)
- 70 hours - coursework preparation
- 50 hours - examination and preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student attendance at tutorials will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- Completion of coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentProblem set10.00
AssignmentSelf-directed learning Projects: Two 3 week mini projects.40.00
Written WorkAttendance at Faculty research seminars - A seminar notebook must be kept. This will be checked at the end of S1 and S2. Students must attend a minimum of 8 seminars each semester (5% per semester)10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

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 assessment24 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

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: 22/07/2022 13:34:39


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