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BSc Biochemistry Intercalated

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Biochemistry Intercalated

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

BCM-BSC-IC

UCAS Code

JACS Code

C100 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Students must have satisfactorily completed the course of studies to the end of the second/third year of the Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Dentistry pathway (or the equivalent at other universities or veterinary medicine degrees). The consent of the Degree co-ordinator and, for students enrolled for a medical or dental degree at Queen���s University Belfast, the Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is required before enrolment. Students entering Stage 3 by this route are deemed to have satisfied all prerequisites for the Level 3 modules.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Intercalated

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Biosciences (2007)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor William Cushley

Life Sciences, Biomolecualr Sciences, Davidson Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

The degree classification is determined by an aggregate of the weighted marks for the individual modules. However, where the total percentage mark is within three percentage points of a higher classification and at least half of the weighted module marks are in the higher classification, the higher classification shall be awarded.

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the theories and concepts relating to biochemistry.

2. Demonstrate a range of practical laboratory skills and understanding of the principles and advanced techniques relevant to Biochemistry, and the application of these skills in a research project setting.

3. Demonstrate proficiency in the collation, quantitative analysis and interpretation of experimental data, and the ability to problem-solve.

4. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers for data management and presentation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate ability in quantitative analysis and interpretation of experimental data.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project (BIO3308)

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, project (dissertation) report.

Solve problems based on numerical or verbal data or a mixture of the two

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project (BIO3308)

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, project (dissertation) report.

Demonstrate critical reasoning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project (BIO3308)

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, project (dissertation) report.

Demonstrate ability to reliably record and process experimental data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project (BIO3308)

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, project (dissertation) report.

Proficiently use IT for data management and presentation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Appropriate use of IT in the molecular bioscience is embedded in the theory and practical teaching in all modules. The research project requires an extended write-up and data analysis for which students are trained by supervisors.

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, project (dissertation) report.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
the structure, biological function and biosynthesis of proteins, polysaccharides and nucleic acids
the major metabolic pathways in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, and their control
the role of lipids, hormones and signalling pathways in regulating cell function
The chemical and physical principles underpinning biochemical separation methods, enzyme catalysis, biomolecular structure determination
Recombinant DNA technology and protein engineering
Biochemical aspects of human disease and nutrition

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learning and teaching of the core subject matter is achieved via modular lecture courses reinforced by laboratory practical exercises, directed reading and a research project.

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports; essays; written examinations; project report; class tests

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate an ability to comprehend the scientific literature relating to Biochemistry and integrate information there from

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills in the analysis and interpretation of biochemical data are developed in the research project at Stage 3. Competence in laboratory work is developed incrementally through set practicals and the research project.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through written reports. Students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules, and prepare a project-oriented review.

Carry out routine and investigative work in a biochemical laboratory

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Laboratory skills are developed in the research project.

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports; project report; practical mark for project work

Comply with health and safety regulations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are instructed about safety protocols relating to practical work and prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Not directly assessed, but student failing to comply with health and safety regulations may be excluded from classes and consequently fail practical assignments.

Interrogate and evaluatet bibliographic and bioinformatic databases

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research projects require independent use of a wide range of scientific literature.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment of exercises requiring engagement with literature or bioinformatics. Project report. Examinations (use of appropriate scientific literature will be rewarded).

Relate biochemical knowledge and research to medical practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Several modules, notably Biomolecules in Health and Disease (BIO3304) emphasise the molecular basis of pathology and current research in this area. Research projects with direct medical relevance are available.

Methods of Assessment

Examination; assessment of research project.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate good oral communication and presentation skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

BIO3308: Seminar on research project (guidance from supervisors given)

Methods of Assessment

Research project talks assessed in BIO3308.

Communicate coherently and accurately in writing

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Written assignments and or examinations are required on all modules. Students receive feedback on written work.

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports; essays; written examinations; project report

Demonstrate effective time management and planning skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Time management is required in all practical classes and the project (BIO3308). In practical classes, academic staff and postgraduate demonstrators assist students with time management.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work for BIO3308 is directly assessed by the supervisor and includes an element of time management. While not generally directly assessed in practical classes, good time management is often critical to successful completion of practical work.

Demonstrate a capacity to learn through independent study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Throughout the whole programme the ethos is one of working independently with learning resources through independent study. All modules have set texts and/or reading lists of scientific papers etc which students are encouraged to study in their own time.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations and continuously assessed essays require additional material (ie not in lecture notes etc) for the highest marks.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Research Project

BIO3308

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Bacterial Genetics and Genetic Manipulation

BIO3203

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Industrial Microbiology

BIO3103

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Immunology and Pathogenisis of Infectious Diseases

BIO3104

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Biomolecules in Health and Disease

BIO3304

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Notes

Stage 1 and Stage 2: Students who meet the entry requirements will be deemed to have met the prerequisites for direct entry to stage 3. Stage 3: Students must take the compulsory modules and one optional module .