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BGM3057 : Integrated Biochemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kevin Whitley
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00In Person. Demonstration of use of biochemical techniques to address a research question
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion41:004:00In person. Academic skills activities and skills practice supported in Canvas by module leader
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study193:0093:00Revision and general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module utilises four specific seminar skills sessions (delivered in person 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, research seminars 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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100Invigilated Exam: To be scheduled as last exam for students. Attempt all questions (max 20 questions).
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

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