Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 28/09/2005
College College Life and Env Sci
School School of Bioscience
Department School of Biosciences
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.Sc. Medical Biochemistry Full-time
Programme Code 0118
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme
  • To stimulate students to acquire a long-term interest in and enthusiasm for biochemistry and scientific scholarship
  • To develop a broad appreciation in UG students of the scope of biochemistry that encompasses the structure, function and regulation of molecular and cellular processes that occur in living organisms
  • To maximise flexibility and opportunities for choice of modules so that undergraduate students develop a detailed understanding of the core concepts of biochemistry from molecules to cells during the initial stages of the programme and also allows for specialisations in areas of research strength and expertise as the students progress through the programme
  • To enable students to move into a range of molecular life science careers, either immediately after graduation or following further specialist training
  • To provide students with the opportunity of experiencing current research, its methodology and significance;
  • To encourage students to progress from independent to independent learners and critical thinkers;
  • To encourage the development of transferable skills (eg. intellectual, numerical, analytical, communication} enabling students to move into diverse contemporary occupations.
  • To provide pastoral support and guidance to enable students to maximise their achievements within their degree programmes
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The fundamental chemical and biological principles at the heart of biochemistry
Medial aspects of biochemistry
The conceptual framework of biological research and the application of experimental procedures
Techniques of data analysis and interpretation appropriate to the discipline
Lectures, laboratory practicals, problem solving classes, computer-based learning, seminars, tutorials, extended project in final year
Unseen exams at the ends of Years1, 2 and 3. laboratory reports and tests. Assessed project report and/or evidence based critical review in Year 3.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The critical analysis and reflective practice required by all graduates, including those who will not follow a biochemical career
The capacity to further their education and training through independent study
Transferable communication skills such as written, oral communication & IT skills needed for further study, research or employment
Ability to work effectively and efficiently, both individually and as a team
Dedicated skills modules in Years 1 and 2 include lectures and assessed practicals and extensive computer-based learning and independent learning, in addition to the skills components embedded in all modules. Personal tutorials. Extensive development of skills in Final Year Projects.
Assessed essays, practical reports and oral presentations; test in IT skills; assessed exercises on experimental design; information retrieval and interpretation; assessed dissertation and project reports during Year 3. End of year exams in Years 1, 2 and 3