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BIOC1302 Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Juan Fontana

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normal U/G entry requirements


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

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL1112The Molecules of Life

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide training in data collection, and the experimental techniques of modern biochemistry.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Use a range of biochemical laboratory equipment and practical techniques;
2. Design simple controlled experiments and record, analyse and interpret experimental data.

Skills outcomes
Managing Knowledge - Data evaluation / problem solving.
Technical Competence - Laboratory techniques; Experimental design; Analysing data
Managing Self - Planning; Time management.
Managing Interrelationships - Teamwork; Decision taking; Learning from others; Sharing; Receiving critique.
Presentation Skills - Lab reports; written answers.


Students will undertake a range of experiments using modern biochemical techniques including spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, chromatography, PCR & fluorimetry.

Through these experiments they will further develop their technical competence, learn to analyse and interpret different types of data, and record and present these appropriately. There will also be opportunities to develop skills in experimental design, and to develop an understanding of safe laboratory practice.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours120.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for practical sessions and report writing
- Revision for MCQs.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through weekly checking of laboratory books/proformas, and supervision by demonstrators during laboratory sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCompletion of lab book5.00
In-course AssessmentPreparation of practicals via online quizzes5.00
In-course MCQMCQ S110.00
In-course MCQMCQ S220.00
Practical Report3 x summative lab book reports (20% each), 1 formative lab book report60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Owing to the continuous and practical nature of assessments, no resit will be available in August for students who fail the module; students will be required to repeat the module, and all assessed coursework, as an internal candidate.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/08/2022


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