2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
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 qualificationsNormal U/G entry requirements
|Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Proc
|Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling
This module is mutually exclusive with
|The Molecules of Life
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesTo provide training in data collection, and the experimental techniques of modern biochemistry.
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.
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.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private study- Preparation for practical sessions and report writing
- Revision for MCQs.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored through weekly checking of laboratory books/proformas, and supervision by demonstrators during laboratory sessions.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Completion of lab book
|Preparation of practicals via online quizzes
|3 x summative lab book reports (20% each), 1 formative lab book report
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
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 listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 03/08/2022
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