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Module

BGM3057 : Integrated Biochemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elizabeth Veal
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aims of the module are to:

•       Encourage students to consolidate their knowledge of the key concepts in biochemistry taught throughout the degree.

•       Reinforce the development of critical skills, including interpretation of the scientific literature, hypothesis testing, data analysis and problem solving.

•       Provide a support framework to enable effective and planned revision ahead of the final exams.

Outline Of Syllabus

There is no defined syllabus for this module as the reading and problems will be related to the current research topics covered in the semester 1 stage 3 modules. The papers chosen for the assessment will be relevant to one or more of the semester 1 modules.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion14:004:00Non-sync online. Academic skills activities and skills practice supported in Teams by module leader
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study196:0096:00Revision and general reading
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module utilises four specific seminar skills sessions (delivered synchronously as small group teaching in semester 1) and associated with relevant modules to give timely opportunities to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the LOs. This early integration is appreciated by the students and the approach has been developed by the Curriculum Committee for both Biochemistry and Biomedical Genetics degrees so that students benefit in semester 1 and during their final year project.

Academic skills activities and skills practice during semester 2 provide the students with an opportunity to reflect back on what they have done in skills sessions, practice skills ahead of examination and seek advice on how to improve in preparation for the final exams. Students will be provided with past exam questions to practice as part of their independent study time and in preparation for the final exam.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100Online 24 hour take home paper to be scheduled as last exam for students. Attempt all questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report1MWrite an abstract summarizing a research paper used in skills sessions
Computer assessment2MAssessment of ability to undertake biochemical calculations relating to preparing solutions, Beer-Lambert's law and normalising data
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final examination is designed to evaluate the various learning outcomes of the module and will incorporate data analysis from given papers. The papers selected will be carefully chosen to be short and relevant to material taught across the degree programme. Students will be expected to critically evaluate the paper and demonstrate an appropriate understanding of the techniques.

Students will be provided with formative assessment exercises and past exam questions to practice as part of their independent study time and as preparation for the final exam.

Reading Lists

Timetable