Module code: BMSM020

Module Overview

In this module students will work in teams to evaluate and propose approaches to authentic, real-world, scenarios in biomedical research. The students will work with the academic facilitator to understand the basis of the research problem, and to evaluate some initial technical and experimental approaches which are provided. The students will then work in teams to propose a critical experimental plan, incorporating a range of appropriate biochemical techniques. Students will be expected to work to include details of cell lines or experimental models which may be used, how experiments will be controlled, replicated and evaluated, and which statistical models would be appropriate for the methods under discussion
Students will keep a critical and evaluative research record and portfolio of both team and individual efforts, and will be asked to reflect on their experimental proposals and critically discuss the biochemical methods that are proposed.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

MARTINEZ ESTRADA Fernando Oneissi (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 118

Tutorial Hours: 32

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Undergraduate project module BMS3052: Biochemistry Receptors and Energy Metabolism

Module content

Indicative content may include:

Research problems in the following research areas:

    • Cardiovascular science, heamatology and tissue engineering

    • Immunology and immunotherapy

    • Virology and viral therapy

    • Bacteriology and bacteriocidal therapy

    • Sleep science

    • Circadian rhythems

    • Molecular biology

    • Biometrology

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Group presentations of Research Solutions 60
Coursework Individual reports of Research Solutions 40

Alternative Assessment

If students are unable to participate in the group presentations of Research Solutions they will need to submit an individual presentation.

Assessment Strategy

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

Team based communication skills, planning, evaluation and critical analysis


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Presentations of team based experimental plans with clear areas of individual work and contribution to the whole team effort (60%). Final mark will be an aggregate average score of the team presentations on ALL of the experimental problems.

This presentation will consist of:

    • Summaries of the experimental scenario posed

    • Critically evaluated experimental plans

    • Consideration and critique of the presentation of likely data and outcomes

    • Consideration and critique of suitable statistical evaluation of data

    • Reflective evaluation of feedback and areas for improvement

  • Individual summary of team experimental solutions (40%). Final mark will be an aggregate average score of the Individual Summaries of ALL of the experimental problems.

    • Assessing as above, but reflecting the individual students understanding of the problem, solutions, data etc. 


  • Assessment will likely be continuous throughout the assessment, with timeframes bookended by the topic areas

Unit of Assessment and Weighting

Module Learning outcomes met

Presentations of team based experimental plans with clear areas of individual work and contribution to the whole team effort (60%).

Individual summary of team experimental solutions (40%)

1, 2, 3, 4


Formative assessment

In class feedback, discussion and online engagement with discussion boards and blended material.



In class feedback, discussion and online engagement with discussion boards and blended material.


Module aims

  • Develop the students evaluative approach to experimental design and research based problem solving.
  • Broaden the students critical appreciation of the applications and limitations of the biochemical methods discussed in the module.
  • Enhance team working and team based communications skills.
  • Encourage students to enhance their approach to the application of biochemical methods to novel research issues.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Evaluate and critically assess biochemical methods as solutions to research-based problems. CKT
002 Identify and critically explain the advantages and limitations biochemical methods, in the context of the proposed research-based problem. CKT
003 Work effectively as a team to undertake research and evaluation of the biochemical methods used in a proposed approach to a research-based biochemical problem. KT

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:

Provide a flipped learning environment, where teams of students work with academic facilitators to approach research questions.  In session students will initially work with provided materials which should stimulate discussion and provide a framework to allow exploration of the area in more detail.


The learning and teaching methods include:

Flipped classroom workshopsin which the students will exapmine the details of biochemical problems in various research subdisciplines, and develop and propose strategies by which these may be addressed. The solutions must consider the limitations and advantages of any methods suggested and will provide a broad understanding of the cross-disciplinarity of the Biochemical techniques.

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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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biochemistry MSci (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2020/1 academic year.