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BIOC2302 Intermediate Biochemistry: Practicals

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Julie Aspden

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Year one of the above degree programmes


BIOC1301Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Proc
BIOC1302Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills
BIOC1303Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling

Module replaces

Practical components of BIOC2045, BIOC2060, BIOC2120, BIOC2130, BIOC2200, BIOC2300

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The main aim is to exercise experimental skills which are theoretically described in the lecture series of module BIOC 2301.
- This module introduces more advanced experimental designs and fosters greater independence in planning and execution of experiments.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Understand, evaluate and apply sources of information when faced with a given problem;
2. Create own experiments and apply experimental details from scientific and other technical literature;
3. Understand concepts of controls and trouble shooting.
4. Execute more complicated series of experiments;
5. Remember the concepts of technical approaches used to answer biochemical questions;
6. Apply biochemical knowledge in practical situation;
7. Create records of experiments;
8. Analyse and critically evaluate experimental data and put them into a broader context of scientific literature in an extended report.


- To provide continued training in data collection, and the experimental techniques of modern biochemistry.
- Introduce understanding of more advanced experimental instrumentation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical (computer based)12.002.00
Practical (computer based)43.0012.00
Private study hours90.00
Total Contact hours110.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

80 hours: preparation for each practical with materials on Minerva, keeping lab notebook after each practical and preparation of practical reports.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Feedback on lab notebooks.
- General feedback sessions on lab reports.
- Completion of summative coursework, with specific feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical ReportReport 15.00
Practical ReportReport 225.00
Practical ReportReport 325.00
In-course AssessmentMRQ covering practicals10.00
Practical ReportReport 425.00
In-course AssessmentMRQ covering practicals10.00
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. All pieces of coursework should be considered as compulsory and their marks contribute to your overall module mark. In addition to summative coursework formative assignments will be given and their completion is a prerequisite for obtaining valuable feedback and is thus essential to the learning process. Failure to submit formative reports is likely to decrease the overall laboratory performance mark.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/09/2022


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