Module code: BMS1052

Module Overview

Biochemistry is a broad field of study. This module aims to begin the students on a journey to facilitate the communication and passion for their subject, enabling them to develop and refine communication skills for further study.  The students will be divided into groups, each assigned a mentor from the teaching team.  The mentor will introduce the students to several different aspects of biochemistry and provide some insights into the opportunities a career in biochemistry and provide. 

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

BAILEY Ian (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 75

Tutorial Hours: 75

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content may include:

  • Genetic Engineering

  • Environemntal toxicology

  • Drug Design

  • Clinical biomarkers

  • Metabolic disease

  • Presentation skills

  • Communication skills

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework REFLECTIVE Peer and self assessment 40
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION 60

Alternative Assessment

Oral presentation

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Their ability to evaluate and summarise scientific information and to communicate the information to an audience of their peers.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Presentation of a case study to peers and staff (60%)

  • Peer and self reflection on performance and learning (40%)

Formative assessment

Continuous development and chalengeing during group work sessions

Peer feedback on written work and presentation


Feedback will be continuous during small group sessions. Further written feedback will be available on the final group presentation and the peer and self evaluation. 

Module aims

  • • Provide an opportunity for students to explore areas of biochemistry which are of interest to them
  • • Provide students some insight and perspective on employabiloity and skills required for enhancing employability
  • • To enhance and develop students communication skills and introduce the students to the idea of communicating different concepts

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 • Evaluate and summarise scientific information C
002 • Identify, evaluate and critique sources of scientific information K
003 • Decide and implement the most effective way to present different types of scientific information P
004 • Coordinate and cooperate with other group members to complete tasks equitably and to a deadline determined by the whole group P
005 To evaluate the impact of the research topic on biodiversity and sustainability KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Deliver students a broad introduction to some areas within the field of biochemistry, engage students with group based project work to develop literature handling and communication skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Small group workshops

  • Drop in sessions

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry MSci (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.