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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BIOC1303 Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr David Brockwell

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
BIOC1302Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This tutorial-based module is designed to increase your ability and confidence in handling and evaluating quantitative data, to reinforce your knowledge about the subject and foster skills in communicating and presenting information.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the approaches used to study biochemical processes;
2. Understand the use of a range of biochemical laboratory equipment and practical techniques and the data generated;
3. Feel confident in the handling of numerical data and simple mathematical transformations thereof.

Skills outcomes
Managing Knowledge - Sourcing / selecting / interpreting data; Data evaluation / problem solving.
Technical Competence - Experimental design; Accuracy; Analysing data; IT skills.
Managing Self - Planning; Time management.
Managing Interrelationships - Teamwork; Decision taking; Learning from others; Sharing; Receiving critique.
Presentation Skills - Written reports; computer-mediated communication, electronic submission of reports


The course will consist of 20 small group tutorials to develop the students' ability to (i) handle, transform and interpret numerical data, and (ii) interpret experimental results in order to solve biochemical problems.

Each tutorial will be centred around a biochemical problem based on a topic covered in BIOC1301 or BIOC1302. Through the series of tutorials, students will gain confidence in handling numbers and the use of common graphing software and enhance their teamwork and 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

20 x 5 hours preparation for tutorials
30 hours on-line practice and learning
50 hours prep for exams

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Continuous in tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment8 x Data handling problems; These include 5 tutor marked (each worth 5%); and 3 on-line tests (each worth 5%)40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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 assessment3 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

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: 05/04/2023 13:36:26


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